Sports Psychology Articles

Mindset and Closing Out a Game

Mindset and Closing Out a Game

Can you take your foot off the gas pedal during a competition? Ask yourself the following questions: There have been countless historic collapses in sports when teams had seemingly insurmountable leads yet found themselves on the losing end when the final buzzer sounded. You can probably think of a competition in your sport when a team collapsed after … Sport Psychology Article…

Mind Over Matter: Crafting a Winning Mental Game for Upset Victories

Mind Over Matter: Crafting a Winning Mental Game for Upset Victories

What is the most significant mental factor that helps athletes pull off the upset? Competing against a significantly higher-ranked opponent or a team with a better record is not just a physical challenge but also a mental challenge. The main mental ingredient in upset victories is belief. By belief, I’m not just talking about pie-in-the-sky belief, but belief … Sport Psychology Article…

How to Create a Roadmap for Mental Toughness

How to Create a Roadmap for Mental Toughness

Is mental toughness really “a thing”? Mental toughness is constantly mentioned in interviews after sporting events. For example, in practically every basketball conference tournament or NCAA tournament game, a commentator, coach, or player talks about mental toughness. But does mental toughness really exist? If so, what is it, and how can it be developed? Simply stated, mental toughness … Sport Psychology Article…

How Great Athletes Become Great

How Great Athletes Become Great

Have you ever wondered how great athletes became great? What elevated Patrick Mahomes, Lebron James, Alex Morgan, Sabrina Ionescu, and Novak Djokovic to great heights? Each of those athletes is talented. However, there are plenty of examples of gifted athletes who never lived up to their potential. In fact, every year during the NFL draft, commentators talk about … Sport Psychology Article…

How this Self-Talk Hurts Athletic Potential 

How this Self-Talk Hurts Athletic Potential

What is the most challenging obstacle that holds an athlete back from their potential? You can probably rattle off a list of obstacles, such as lack of confidence, access to training, inexperienced coaching, genetics, fear of failure, etc. Of course, genetics, training, and coaching are important. However, you can find resources to overcome these challenges, improve your conditioning, … Sport Psychology Article…

How Top Coaches Help Athletes Succeed

How Top Coaches Help Athletes Succeed

What coaching style best contributes to an athlete’s success? Due to the various personalities of coaches and athletes, team dynamics, and individual learning styles, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to coaching. However, certain coaching styles can, without a doubt, hurt a player’s athletic and personal development. For example, the following coaching styles tend to demotivate and hinder an … Sport Psychology Article…