MythBusters: Sport Psychology Edition – Part 1 of 3

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When people ask what I do for a living and I tell them that I am a sport psychology consultant. Nine times out of ten I hear, “Wow, that’s cool! What is that?”

And while most people have not even heard of this profession, many of those who do know what it is tend to misunderstand it. Over the next few weeks, we will explore 3 popular myths about sport psychology and my attempt to set the record straight.

Myth #1 – Sport Psychology is for crazy people

“So, is that for crazy people like Mike Tyson and Dennis Rodman?”

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Although I think that any athlete could benefit from sport psychology, it is not specifically for “crazy” people. Most athletes deal with pressure, stress, returning from injury and self-doubt at some point in their careers. Working with a sport psychology consultant can give an athlete a new perspective on his or her situation, as well as new skills to improve performance. The fact is, sport psychology is very much for sane people – people who care about what they do and will do what it takes to get better.

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. 

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