What is Sports Psychology?

 In College Athletes, Junior Athletes & Parents, Musicians & Entertainers, Professional & Olympic Athletes

I’ve often been asked, what is sports psychology? The technical answer to this question is this: Sport psychology is the scientific study of people and their behaviors in sports activities and the practical application of that knowledge. In sport psychology it’s important to understand how psychological factors affect an athletes physical performance and to understand how participation in sport affects a person psychological development.

The less technical version is this:

Everything we do in life takes thought and includes emotion. For example, even once you learned  how to physically drive a car as you continued to get better at driving you developed better focus, you got better at dealing with anxiety situations (close call accidents) and at dealing with negative thoughts you may have about other drivers (and how they drive).  When it comes to sports, athletes don’t always do the mental work necessary to reach their potential. Not surprising, really, because as kids we aren’t taught that there is thought and emotion in sport; we just go out and do it! Unfortunately for many athletes, musicians and other performers that changes.

As someone who works with athletes, musicians and other performers I specialize in breaking emotional patterns that hold them back from achieving their best. I have successfully coached hundreds of clients overcome anxiety, fear and mental blocks to get more out of their training and have the confidence to obtain better results.

When something isn’t going well and people want to make a change, they focus on the physical plan. Eventually the mind rebels and that’s what makes achieving your goals so difficult.It’s important to focus on making the mind your ally. My research and experience has proven that it’s necessary for lasting results.

Do you train harder and harder and don’t see the results? The reason could be (probably is) that improving your ‘game’ is not about physically working harder but enhancing your mental skills!

I believe that sport, music and performing is 100% mental & 100% physical but you have to train them both.

It’s not too late to get your athlete, musician or other performer the gift of confidence: Lets Talk.

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Dr. Michelle Cleere
In her own private practice as an elite performance expert, Dr. Michelle Cleere helps top athletes, musicians, and executives in competitive fields unlock the power of the mind and create the mental toughness to be the best. Dr. Michelle’s extensive academic background, which includes a PhD in Clinical Psychology and a Masters in Sports Psychology, allows her to help clients deal with performance anxiety, gain more confidence, and build resilience. In addition to personal coaching, Dr. Michelle takes on many roles – a best-selling author, athlete, and teacher. Dr. Michelle’s bestseller line, Beating the Demons, helps clients develop practical skills to gain more control over competitive environments and mitigate the interruption in play to overcome intense odds and defeat adversity. As a 15-year USAT Coach, she developed simple and effective tools to mentally train her athletes, and they are used by coaches around the world. She is a professor at John F. Kennedy University where she teacher her students to use the mind as an ally to improve performance.
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