Sport and performance psychology is concerned with optimising performance and wellbeing of athletes and other participants in high pressure environments through training of mental skills (e.g. goal setting, mindfulness, visualisation, self-regulation, concentration).
“I believe that brain is like a muscle: like any other, it can be improved.”Ivan Lendl, tennis hall-of-famer
Mental training interventions aim to build participant resilience, focus, confidence, commitment and enjoyment in their endeavours, and help reach their potential. It is designed to assist athletes and other sports participants (e.g. coaches, parents, referees) from a wide array of settings, levels of competition and ages, ranging from recreational youth participants to professional and Olympic athletes to master’s level performers.
Furthermore, mental skills are relevant not only for those in sports but for any individuals who wish to improve their wellbeing and deal more effectively with everyday challenges.