An Overview of Sports Psychology

This domain will focus mainly on Sports psychology, the different areas of this field, its benefits on athletes or any normal individual who likes to improve his lifestyle.

This blog, will cover all aspects related to Sports psychology and its key points, this blog is for those who are interested to read and learn about the psychological effect on our mental skills before our physical skills.

My aim here is to educate the youth and the children to overcome challenges and obstacles that prevents them to continue, or to become a professional athlete in a sport they love or enjoy to do. Below, you will read an overview about sport psychology and how it works.

Sports psychology is the study of how psychology influences sports, athletic performance, exercise, and physical activity. Some sport psychologists work with professional athletes and coaches to improve performance and increase motivation. Other professionals utilize exercise and sports to enhance people’s lives and well-being throughout the entire lifespan.

Professional sports psychologists often help athletes cope with the intense pressure that comes from competition and overcome problems with focus and motivation. They also work with athletes to improve performance and recover from injuries.

Sports psychology and athletics

But sports psychologists do not just work with elite and professional athletes. They also help regular people learn how to enjoy sports and learn to stick to an exercise program.

Sports Psychology Today

Contemporary sports psychology is a diverse field. While finding ways to help athletes is certainly an important part of sports psychology, the application of exercise and physical activity for improving the lives of non-athletes is also a major focus.

Major Topics of Sports Psychology

There are a number of different topics that are of special interest to sports psychologists. Some professionals focus on a specific area, while others study a wide range of techniques.

  • Attentional focus: Involves the ability to tune out distractions, such as a crowd of screaming fans, and focus attention on the task at hand.
  • Imagery: Involves visualizing performing a task, such as participating in an athletic event or successfully performing a particular skill.
  • Motivation: A major subject in sports psychology, the study of motivation looks at both extrinsic and intrinsic motivators. Extrinsic motivators are external rewards, such as trophies, money, medals, or social recognition. Intrinsic motivators arise from within, such as a personal desire to win or the sense of pride that comes from performing a skill.

Article source

American Psychological Association. (n.d). Sports Psychologists Help Professional and Amateur Athletes. Psychology Help Center.

Voelker, R. (2012). Hot Careers: Sports Psychology. GradPSYCH Magazine.

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