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Sport Psychology Topics and Mental Skills

 

 

 

 

 

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Specific Topics

 

Here is a list of specific tools, topics and areas that are often worked on, either for individual athletes, or for the entire team. Each topic can also be incorporated into lectures or workshops, for sports teams, companies, associations, or can be a teaching topic in institutions.

  • Internal dialogue

  • Visualization

  • Energy management

  • Anxiety / Stress

  • Confidence

  • Fear - to work with, and overcome, fear in sport and performance

  • Performance stability

  • Momentum

  • Being "in the zone"

  • Values ​​- and how they affect our habits, norms, and culture

  • Culture on the team, or in your organization

  • To perform outside the "Zone"

  • Mindfulness and meditation

  • 'Acceptance and commitment' in sports

  • Drive and meaning in your sport

  • Identity, and the transition from athlete to something else

  • Concentration and focus

    • eg. to be able to re-focus on the task after a mistake

  • Time management

    • sports - life balance

    • daily routines and priorities

  • Analysis of mindset through video analysis

  • Emotional intelligence

  • Objectives, and planning / strategies for achieving goals

  • Motivation - not a question of how much, but more what drives you

  • Preparation

  • Injuries (eg, getting mentally ready after an injury / mental rehabilitation)

  • Routines (before performance and after performance, as well as before a competition)

  • Leadership - to develop one's leadership skills

  • Followership - the importance of being able to follow

  • Psychological recovery and recharging (eg effective sleep and diet)

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Major Categories

Although all of the above topics can be knitted together for a tailor-made workshop or lecture, below you can see some examples of which topics often go well together.

  • Topic: Mental Recovery

    • Recharging and routines

    • Priorities

    • Mindfulness, meditation, and 'time outs'

    • Time management

  • Topic: Culture

    • Values

    • Standards

    • Communication

    • Group Dynamics

  • Topic: Identity, Meaning, and Priorities

    • Self-understanding and accepting oneself

    • What's the point?

    • Motivation and goals - what am I really aiming for and why?

  • Subject: Injuries

    • What do we know about injury prevention, from a psychological perspective?

    • How do you best recover from an injury?

    • What is mental rehabilitation about?

  • Topic: Leadership, Communication, and Group Dynamics

    • What is good leadership?

    • Different types of leadership

    • Ways of communication

    • Followership - the importance of being able to follow

  • Topic: General & Psychological Wellness

    • Psychological well-being and health

    • Diet, sleep, and how they impact us and our performance

    • Physical activity and well-being

    • The influence of nature on concentration and well-being

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Comprehensive Courses

  • Sport Psychology: 1-day Course (1 day focusing on the basic sports psychology concepts and tools)

  • Sport Psychology: 2-day Course (2 days with a more in-depth focus on the basic sport psychology concepts, as well as exercises of important tools)

  • Sport Psychology: 3-day in-depth course . An in-depth course, which starts with an introduction to the basic sport psychological concepts and tools, and where in-depth work is done to integrate some of these tools into everyday life.

Contact me if you are interested in longer courses, and I will be happy to send you an offer.

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