Recent research suggests that getting excited leads to better performance. The mind-body connection is more complicated, though, and finding the best method for your own pre-performance readiness may involve a combination of methods.
If you want to work with a "sport psychologist", who do you go to? It's less obvious than it may seem. Figuring out who is competent and what's the best "fit" may be the most important things to consider.
Has someone intruded into your privacy online, used the Internet or mobile phone technology to harm your reputation, or stalked you online? You're invited to participate in research on the subject. An opportunity for all of us to learn...and become safer.
Individual responses to disastrous events are variable. Most people react, but many are more resilient than mental health professionals might expect. At the same time, it is important to monitor for difficulties, some of which may be manifest in bodily reactions, not just our thoughts and feelings. Ultimately, creating meaning—even from senseless acts—aids healing.
A month after the Boston Marathon—and the bombings—I begin a three-part series about three Boston Marathon runners. A runner, injured before the explosions, was in the medical tent when those affected began coming in....How will she cope, in the immediate aftermath and as she contemplates running again?
By taking apart the term “sport psychology”, we can learn a lot about both sport and the practice of psychology. It’s not just an academic exercise: Whether you’re on the field of play or "sidelined" as coach or parent—and especially if you’d like to be working with any of those people—being accurate is important.
If you're a performer in any field, it's really important to be a perfectionist. The energy, focus, and drive keep you training, practicing, and learning. As Maggie, a runner returning to her sport, realized, though, the pressure and tension that's often a part of being a perfectionist can interfere with optimal performance. What if you were an excellentist, instead?
Dear Mayor Ford, I wrote to you in February, shortly after you had made a public commitment to lose 50 pounds in five months. Then, I shared some thoughts about goal setting, information derived largely from sport psychology.