Gerry Hussey, Performance Psychology Consultant & Motivational Speaker
Sport psychology is an interdisciplinary science that impacts both preparation and performance factors. In addition to instruction and training of psychological skills for preparation and performance, applied sport psychology includes assisting athletes and coaches deal effectively with issues such as injury, rehabilitation, coaching , team building, and career transitions.
Mental toughness is a psychological edge that helps one perform at a high level consistently. Mentally tough athletes exhibit four characteristics: a strong self-belief, internal motivation to be successful, the ability to focus one’s thoughts and feelings without distraction, and composure under pressure.
Self-efficacy is a belief that one can successfully perform a specific task.
Arousal regulation refers to ability to enter and maintain an optimal level of cognitive, emotional and physiological activation or arousal in order to maximize performance. This involves specific techniques and triggers to allow the individual be aware of and switch arousal and attention zones on both in the lead up and during to their performance.
Goal setting is the process of systematically planning ways to achieve specific achievements within a set time frame.
Effective goals should be specific, measurable, difficult but attainable, time-based, and a combination of short-term and long-term goals. In short this is the road map to success, a step by step process that motivates and the directs the individual week by week and day by day offering immediate and responsive feedback to ensure efficient and focused effort.
Imagery can be defined as using multiple senses to create or recreate experiences and plan for a focused and composed execution when entering that experience for real. Vivid and trained imagery is interpreted by the brain as identical to the actual event, which increases the effectiveness of mental practice with imagery. Correct imagery creates as lifelike an image or situation of accurate execution of the task and allows the individual to rehearse physical and mental responses to these selected situations.
Imagery is an effective tool to enhance performance and psychological states relevant to performance.
Performance routines refer to the actions and behaviours athletes use to prepare for a game or performance.
This includes pre game routines, warm up routines, and actions an athlete will regularly go through, mentally and physically, before they execute the actual performance. Frequently, these will incorporate other commonly used techniques, such as imagery or self-talk.
Examples would be visualisations done by skiers, dribbling by basketball players at the foul line, and pre-shot routines golfers or baseball players use prior to a shot or pitch. These routines help to develop consistency and predictability for the player. This allows the muscles and mind to develop better motor control.
Self-talk or Cognitive activation
Self-talk refers to the thoughts and words athletes and performers use as focus trigger.. Self-talk phrases (or cues) are used to direct attention towards a particular thing in order to improve focus or are used alongside other techniques to facilitate their effectiveness. For example, a golfer may say “smooth stroke” and “Follow through” before putting to stay relaxed.
Team cohesion can be defined as a group’s tendency to stick together while pursuing its objectives. Team cohesion has two components: social cohesion and task cohesion. Collective efficacy is a team’s shared belief that they can or cannot accomplish a given task. In other words, this is the team’s belief about the level of competency they have to perform a task. It is important to note that collective efficacy is an overall shared belief amongst team members and not merely the sum of individual self-efficacy beliefs. Leadership can be thought of as a behavioural process that influences team members towards achieving a common goal.
During your time with us your team will be taken on a stimulating and engaging experience where we put your team through our unique tasks and challenges which have been specifically designed to identify and develop the key skills and abilities of elite teams.
These will include:
• Build a winning team character and culture
• Invigorate spirit and passion
• Develop enhanced communication skills
• Inspire more focused and effective leadership
• Enhanced decision making under pressure
• Develop better inter- personal relationships and awareness
Motivational climate refers to the situational and environmental factors that influence individuals’ motivation, beliefs and focus.
The two major types of motivational climates coaches can create are task-oriented and ego-oriented. While winning is the overall goal of sports competitions, a task-orientation emphasizes building skill, improvement, giving complete effort, and mastering the task at hand. while an ego-orientation emphasizes demonstrating superior ability, competition, and does not promote effort or individual improvement. Effective coaching explores the best ways coaches can lead and teach their athletes. For examples, coaches need to have multiple ways of giving feedback, rewarding and reinforcing behaviour, Building confidence, Overcoming adversity, communication techniques and understanding various personality types.
One common area of study within sport psychology is the relationship between personality and performance.
This research focuses on specific personality characteristics and how they are related to performance or other psychological variables.
Get in touch with Gerry if you would like to discuss your requirements.
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