Why Athletes and Coaches Don’t Embrace Sports Psychology

Sports Psychology

Sports Psychology Strategies

Even today, some athletes and coaches don’t embrace sports psychology strategies. I think this has a lot to do with their lack of understanding about mental coaching and how it can help…

Your biggest challenge as a mental coach is helping athletes and coaches understand the real value of learning mental game strategies.

As a matter of fact, 53% of the coaches I surveyed reported that athletes resist mental training because they don’t understand how it can help them!

In today’s society that craves quick results, athletes and coaches don’t embrace sports psychology because they simply don’t understand how it can help them.

For this reason and a few others, such as lack of time, mental coaching is not a critical component of performance enhancement for athletes and teams…

Thus, in order to establish credibility in your circles, you must help potential athletes, coaches, and sports parents understand what sports psychology is and how it can help them perform better.

Education is the first step. You will find it difficult to teach athletes the mental game if they don’t understand it or how it can help. You must also debunk the myths related to sports psychology.

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You must address two issues: (1) The scope of work you do as a mental coach, and (2) address the myths surrounding sports psychology before you can even get your foot in the door.

For example, here’s a belief that many athletes in the more “macho” sports adopt: “I don’t need to improve my mental toughness – I’m already mentally tough.”

Athletes are unwilling to accept sports psychology strategies if they hold on to misunderstandings and myths about it’s effectiveness.

I’ve spent 20 years of my career trying to simplify sports psychology and debunk the myths. And I need everyone’s help on this…

I can teach you how to define your role as a mental coach and the methods I use to debunk the myths surrounding sports psychology in my certification program for mental coaches.

The deadline for pre-registration is January 5, 2009 at 5:00 PM eastern time, first come first serve. I only take five students per semester and several people expressed interest in the Spring
2009 course.

To register, please complete an application at the MGCP website if you have not done so previously:

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If you submitted your MGCP application, please email me to request the Spring 2009 enrollment forms.

You can call me anytime if you have any questions about the certification course at 888-742-7225.

Your Master Mental Game Coach,

Patrick J. Cohn, Ph.D.,

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