Fit2Excel offers Sports Psychology Consulting to both individuals and teams. Having worked with thousands of athletes at all competitive levels, we understand the general and specific needs of athletes. Our goal is well beyond simply meeting return to play criteria. We strive to return each and every athlete to their sport at a higher level than they were prior to their injury. Having worked with thousands of athletes at all competitive levels, we understand the general and specific needs of athletes.
Sheila Stawinski, our staff Sports Psychology Consultant can help athletes in many areas including:
- Troubled Relationships
- Psychological Rehab for Injured Athletes
- Negative Self-Talk
- Goal Setting
- Time Management
- Coach/Athlete Relationships
Sport psychology is an emerging field in the worlds of psychology and athletics, it involves preparing the mind of an athlete, just as thoroughly as one prepares the body. For many elite-level, professional, recreational, and even youth athletes, successful performances cannot simply be reduced to superior physical ability.
Instead performance is largely contingent upon mental preparation and psychological strength. Just as you prepared for competition by practicing physical skill as well as increasing your strength and endurance, you must also prepare yourself mentally. This includes setting clear, short-term goals, entertaining positive thoughts, concentration training, using self-affirmations, mental imagery, negative thought stopping, and in specific cases preventing and/or managing athletic burnout.
Thanks to the extensive media coverage of athletic events, the sports enthusiast can understand the need for and benefits of sport psychology. Examples of mental training surround us – for instance skiers, divers, and gymnasts imaging their routines or tricks before they perform; Nancy Kerrigan’s successful use of sport psychology principles after she was maliciously attacked so close to the 1994 Olympics; golfers and bi-athletes using relaxation techniques to slow their heart rates and breathing thereby allowing for better accuracy in their shots; and basketball players using a combination of goal setting and imagery to improve their free throw percentages. The principles of sport psychology help athletes succeed in many ways both in and out of the sport setting.