MythBusters: Sport Psychology Edition – Part 3 of 3

Myth #3 – Sport Psychology Is A Quick Fix

A lot of my work is with high school and collegiate aged athletes. This is a common question from parents of these athletes: “My son/daughter has state team/select team tryouts tomorrow and is nervous – can you help?”

Sport psychology consulting is great for areas like this; however, one session is probably not going to fix it. It is a process to find the obstacles that are keeping the athlete from performing at their top level and introducing strategies to remove those obstacles. Some of those strategies are:

  • Goal setting
  • Visualization
  • Positive Self-Talk
  • Focus

Learning these skills and making them second nature is not a quick fix, but a process. Building skills, especially those that are worthwhile, is rarely easy. But with a little commitment, these skills become engrained and last a lifetime, not only in sports but other areas of life.

So now that I have de-bunked the myths, here is the truth: Sport psychology is a useful tool for everyone. Sport psychology is for athletes who care and want to perform at their peak level on a more consistent basis. Sport psychology is a long-term solution for improving and enjoying sports for a lifetime!

Please contact Sport Psychology Institute Northwest to get started with one of our experienced consultants.

About the Author: Brian Baxter received an M.A. in Sports Psychology.  He teaches individuals how to identify and build awareness of their difficulties, their areas of improvement and their strengths and implements strategies to make the process second nature.