Sport Psychology

About Sport Psychology

Sport psychology services are a unique resource to athletes, coaches, and sport medicine staff at Shattuck-St. Mary's. The goal of sport psychology is to help student-athletes increase mental toughness, maximize athletic performance, and cope with various sport-related concerns commonly experienced by athletes. Sport psychology services are used by those who want to perform with greater confidence, consistency, and satisfaction. Most athletes realize the importance of physical preparation, and great athletes recognize that placing emphasis on mental preparation as well as physical preparation facilitates optimal performance.

Optimal performance mindsets can be managed through proper use of psychological skills such as relaxation/energizing techniques, visualization, positive self-talk, use of focus and coping plans, and the use of pre-performance routines. Once athletes gain awareness of the mental components of their game that can be improved, they can learn, practice, and apply targeted sport psychology skills in real-time. Through consistent sport psychology sessions, student-athletes learn strategies that help them proactively manage their lives by developing healthier ways of thinking and behaving.

Here are some topics and mental skills that student-athletes often seek assistance for:
  • Focus and concentration
  • Low confidence
  • Adjusting to a new team
  • Coping with injury and rehabilitation
  • Managing competition stress and anxiety
  • Goal setting
  • Relaxation skills
  • Imagery/visualization
  • Energy management for competition
  • Eating behaviors and body image