Sports Psych

With the knowledge that sports performance is influenced as much by psychological as by physical factors, athletes at nearly all levels of competition engage in mental training. Sport psychology skills are used to address performance-related issues regarding preparation, motivation, thought patterns, focus and confidence. Psychological skill training can include formulating and executing strategies related to goal setting, relaxation, imagery and self-talkā€”all major components of mental acuity in sports. Sport psychology is instrumental in several aspects of performance, including recovery from injury, controlling stressful situations, pre-game routines and rituals, pre-game nerves and anxiety, dealing with losses, and managing success and fame. Learn about latest sport psychology strategies from the nation's top experts and elite athletes.

Latest in Sports Psych

Jalen Ramsey and the NFL's 5 Most Savage Trash-Talkers

Talking trash. It's an art that's almost as old as sport itself. The best trash-talkers speak with a purpose. They want to rattle their opponent...

By: Brandon Hall

5 Behaviors of High-Performing Sports Parents

Parenting in youth sport has developed into a significant talking point in recent times. Unfortunately most of this discussion centres on overbearing...

By: Michael Cooke

These Three Words Helped Ben Simmons Stay Focused During His Rehab

It's been 455 days since the Philadelphia 76ers made Ben Simmons the No. 1 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. He has yet to play a single minute. Last ...

By: Brandon Hall

How to Manage Sports-Related Anxiety

At some point in your athletic career you will experience stress, good or bad. The good stress prepares you, makes you eager to learn more, eager to...

By: Noteisha Womack

How Athletes Can Overcome a Fear of Failure

I stayed awake in the middle of the night, not because I didn't want to sleep, but because I couldn't stop thinking about the opportunity I was about to...

By: Noteisha Womack

Latest Videos in Sports Psych

The Quarterback Retreat: An Inside Look at One of The World's Most Prestigious QB Training Camps

Quarterback guru Steve Clarkson's annual two-day camp features some of the nation's best college signal-callers tutoring the next generation of QBs.

Steve Clarkson's Quarterback Training: Offseason Improvement

Some of the nation's top college QBs discuss their offseason improvements at Steve Clarkson's annual Quarterback Retreat.

Steve Clarkson's Quarterback Training: The Importance of Footwork

Quarterback guru Steve Clarkson stresses the importance of good footwork, a message which has resonated with several of his high-profile students.

Steve Clarkson's Quarterback Training: QB Camaraderie

Top college QBs Josh Rosen, Tate Martell and Wilton Speight explain the camaraderie they feel at quarterback guru Steve Clarkson's annual QB Retreat.

STACK Sports Health: Why Athletes Should Consider Getting a Massage

Physical therapist Matt Stevens explains why and when athletes should get a sports massage.