Sport and Performance Psychology
Sport psychology is a rapidly growing field for professional athletics, but it’s not only athletes who can benefit. At the heart of sport psychology is performance, and optimizing performance is something immensely valuable to not only athletes but actors, musicians and even professionals.
Dr. Jonathan Fader, co-founder of Union Square Practice and Director of Mental Conditioning for the New York Football Giants, has over a decade of experience working with professional athletes. He served as the team psychologist for the New York Mets for nine seasons.
Union Square Practice’s founders, Dr. Fader and Dr. Dulchin, recently launched SportStrata, a team of mental performance coaches who work with performers of all ages to reach their full potential.
How Can Non-Athletes Benefit from Sport Psychology?
Problems that athletes face in the big leagues are overwhelmingly similar to problems people face in their professional and personal lives: choking under pressure, lack of motivation to achieve a set of goals, an inability to perform well under stress, or just not being able to go that “extra step.” Sport psychology has developed a number of evidence-based methods to tackle these issues – such as visualization techniques, self-talk, and confidence building.
Sport psychology is applicable for many because, in some way, we are constantly asked to perform – mentally or physically.
How Can Athletes Benefit from Sport Psychology?
The science is clear: sport psychology helps athletes perform better. Mental toughness, for instance, has been correlated with significant reductions in race times for runners. In another study, with collegiate basketball players, a package of imagery rehearsal, self-talk and relaxation also led to substantial performance improvements. Coaches and team-owners are taking notes of the benefits
Successful mental skills training can help athletes push themselves harder, perform consistently under pressure without choking and better their overall performance.
Interested in hearing more about Sport and Performance Psychology? Check out our affiliated Mental Performance Coaching group, SportStrata!