Sports Psych

With the knowledge that sports performance is influenced as much by psychological as by physical factors, athletes at nearly all levels of competition engage in mental training. Sport psychology skills are used to address performance-related issues regarding preparation, motivation, thought patterns, focus and confidence. Psychological skill training can include formulating and executing strategies related to goal setting, relaxation, imagery and self-talk—all major components of mental acuity in sports. Sport psychology is instrumental in several aspects of performance, including recovery from injury, controlling stressful situations, pre-game routines and rituals, pre-game nerves and anxiety, dealing with losses, and managing success and fame. Learn about latest sport psychology strategies from the nation's top experts and elite athletes.

Latest in Sports Psych

3 Keys to Success Young Athletes Often Overlook

Young athletes are busy. Between the commitments that come with school, sports, family and friends, the days can fly by in a blur. These hectic sch...

The 'Drama Triangle': How to Avoid Sports Team Turmoil

Unfortunately, many athletes have experienced toxic teammates or bad team chemistry at one point or another. Whether you know it or not, there's a ...

Notre Dame Basketball Coach Mike Brey Reveals How Tense Coaches Create Tense Players

A coach who's constantly tense and frustrated will rub off on their players in all the wrong ways. That's the message Notre Dame head basketball co...

Jalen Ramsey and the NFL's 5 Most Savage Trash-Talkers

Talking trash. It's an art that's almost as old as sport itself. The best trash-talkers speak with a purpose. They want to rattle their opponent...

5 Behaviors of High-Performing Sports Parents

Parenting in youth sport has developed into a significant talking point in recent times. Unfortunately most of this discussion centres on overbearing...

Latest Videos in Sports Psych

Corey Kluber Reveals The Trick He Uses to Neutralize Speedy Base Stealers

Two-time Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber reveals the strategy he uses to help prevent opposing runners from stealing bases.

The Simple Cue That Keeps Corey Kluber’s Mechanics Picture Perfect

Two-time Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber discusses how preventing unnecessary head movement during his delivery helps him dial in his velocity and command.

The U.S. Women's National Soccer Team 'Circle' Drill

The U.S. Women's National Soccer team utilizes this "Monkey in the Middle" type game to develop technical skills under pressure and encourage creativity.

The 15 Winter Olympic Sports

A quick overview of the events you'll see during the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.

3-Point Shooting Drills with Maya Moore

2014 WNBA MVP Maya Moore shows you the 3-point shooting drills that make her more accurate and better conditioned.