Sports and Performance Psychology

Sports Psychologists can help athletes improve performance on and off

the field.  Many of the world's best athletes seek the help of a

sports psychologist to improve focus and achieve goals, but sports

psychology can also help athletes work through any of the following

performance problems:

  • depression or anxiety interfering with athletic performance

  • trouble focusing, or "choking" under pressure

  • trouble getting along with teammates

  • authority issues with coaches

  • mood changes attendant to injury and changes in training loads

  • alcohol and drug use negatively impacting performance

  • family and marital problems which interfere with performance

  • decreased commitment and motivation

  • problems with impulse control

  • stress management training

I use a combination of modern technology, visualization,

cognitive restructuring, and behavioral approaches to help athletes

optimize performance on and off the field.  

 

Heart Rate Variability (HRV) training is an effective tool in helping athletes train themselves

to get into the "the zone," which is especially useful in high pressure, competitive situations.  

Athletes can overcome performance anxiety and train themselves to be in a state of "flow" during

evaluations, tryouts, and high stakes competitions.

 

HRV seems to be correlated with recovery status, capacity for high intensity training, and optimal strength gains.

Some research even suggests that HRV guided training can help predict illness (pulmonary and respiratory) and injury (this study is not yet replicated in humans).  HRV guided training can be a useful tool for the following:

  • maximizing recovery

  • planning higher intensity training days

  • predicting the best endurance performance days

  • predicting higher VO2 max

If you would like to improve your athletic performance on the field, contact me today for a free consultation.

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