What is Sport Psychology?


Sport psychology: The science of unlocking your true potential.

Sport psychology helps to bridge the gap between your optimal potential and what sometimes shows up on competition day. You’ve practiced for countless hours and your body knows what to do, but somehow the mind gets in the way. Obstacles creep in, like negative thoughts, lack of focus, setbacks, and fear of failure. Sport psychology supports optimal performance through evidence-based psychological techniques like cognitive restructuring, mindfulness, and emotional regulation. In simple terms, you use mental tools to gain a new perspective and shift your mindset.

It is not about fixing problems.

Sport psychology works from your strengths. It is about cultivating greater self-awareness of what makes you shine and self-regulation to manage what arises during pressure situations. It is about supporting you as a whole person, on and off the field. Just like you would not stop training physically for competition, mental skills training is an ongoing process that becomes even more important as the stakes get bigger. A mental performance coach can help you manage the increased pressure that accompanies higher levels of competition and sustain the motivation necessary for long term goals.

Sport psychology supports your everyday life.

Sport psychology offers benefits like stress management skills, increased motivation and emotional regulation, which create a greater balance of mind, body and sport. The ultimate goal is to maintain the joy that started you on this path in the first place, while also increasing mental wellbeing, which in turn enhances meaning and satisfaction in your life journey.

The Athlete Mindset

One of the most distinguishing features of elite athletes is their mindset. The athlete mindset is a unique blend of resilience, determination, and adaptability. It’s not just about physical prowess; it’s about the mental fortitude to push through barriers, overcome challenges, and stay committed to goals, even in the face of adversity.

An athlete’s mindset is cultivated over years of training, both physically and mentally. It’s about understanding that setbacks are a natural part of growth and that every failure is a stepping stone to success. This mindset is characterized by a growth orientation, where challenges are viewed as opportunities to learn and improve, rather than as threats.

Sports psychology plays a pivotal role in shaping and refining this mindset. Through various techniques and interventions, sport psychology consultants help athletes develop mental toughness, enhance focus, and foster a positive self-belief. They teach athletes to visualize success, set realistic yet challenging goals, and maintain a level of self-discipline that ensures consistent performance, regardless of external pressures.

Incorporating the athlete mindset into one’s daily life can lead to significant improvements not just in sports performance, but in other areas as well. Whether it’s facing a challenging task at work, pursuing a personal passion, sticking to an exercise program, or navigating the complexities of everyday life, the principles that define the athlete mindset – perseverance, adaptability, and a relentless pursuit of excellence – can be transformative.

Sport psychology: Beyond sports

Sport psychology is not just for athletes and performers. This approach is appropriate for anyone who wishes to develop competency and consistency in employing mental skills. It is not limited to those in highly demanding sports or performing arts, but also is ideal for the business executive, first responder, academic student, or the individual seeking greater enjoyment out of his hobby.

A certified mental performance consultant provides training and resources to help you strengthen your ability to perform under pressure and thrive in life, and is perfect for:

  • Sports (athletes, coaches and trainers)
  • Health and Fitness Enthusiasts (persons of all ages and activity levels)
  • Students (debate teams, public speaking, managing test anxiety)
  • Tactical (first responders and military personnel)
  • Performing arts (dancers and musicians) 
  • Business professionals and executives 
  • Individuals seeking personal growth

What is a Certified Mental Performance Consultant?

The Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC) demonstrates to clients and the public at large that an individual has met the highest standards of professional practice, including completing a combination of educational and work requirements, and successfully passing a certification exam. The CMPC is a professional adept in applying sport psychology principles across various performance areas. They integrate mental skills into training routines, focusing on building confidence, reducing anxiety, and setting effective goals. The CMPC exhibits an ongoing commitment to staying abreast of the latest in sports science, practices and techniques and is committed to ethical practice and respecting the diversity of all performers and developmental levels. The Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) is the only sport and performance psychology association in North America that offers an accredited certification program to qualified professionals. For more information, please visit The Association For Applied Sport Psychology

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