Sports

Professional athletes and coaches agree:

The Mental Side of the Game is What Makes Winners.

You Spend HoursPracticing Your Technique You Spend HoursStrengthening Your Body Now It’s Time to Strengthen Your MIND

People have a tendency to allow negative thoughts to creep into their minds. The difference for athletes is that a negative thought in the mind is an opportunity for an opponent. Though it is not something that occurs naturally, positive thought habits can be learned. Emotional control is another characteristic that may not come easily to many people. Anger, frustration, anxiety…These emotions have cost many players an important match. More importantly, they can cost the enjoyment of the game. We can help players learn the skills that can make the difference between having fun and winning matches and going home frustrated with the game.

Our Approach:

Many of the cutting edge treatments we offer are particularly well suited to helping athletes reach their potential.  We  will begin working with you by assess your strengths and goals.  A good sports psychologist will help you to perform you best (we strive for 80% or better) of the time and will teach you how to benefit from errors.  In addition, we will use state of the art tools to improve attention and reduce anxiety during challenges.

How HRV Training works for Athletes:

We perform our best athletically (and academically, for that matter!) when our bodies are relaxed and our minds are calm. When we are tense, our muscles are preoccupied and cannot respond as quickly as when we are relaxed. Using the fact that tension and relaxation are opposites and cannot occur simultaneously, we can create a relaxed state to ward off tension and anxiety. Simple, proper breathing is one of the best ways to relax. It is easy to learn and can be practiced anywhere. Once mastered, you can use this breathing to play better in whatever your sport may be. The possibilities for how this technique can be utilized really are endless.

Benefits to you:

  • Improved ability to manage your emotions
  • Play better under pressure
  • Reduce anxiety before and during play
  • Maintain a clear mind

Athletes who use HRV:

  • Martina Navratilova
  • Mountaineers who summit Everest
  • Professional Cyclists
  • Endurance Athletes
  • Canadian Olympians
  • Italian soccer, AC Milan

How IM works for athletes:

In 2001, a new training regimen was specifically developed for performance applications. Today top athletes, institutions, private/public schools, Division I colleges, NFL, NBA, NHL and PGA players are getting IM-Powered.

Similar to exercising a muscle group, the IM-Powered program trains the brain to strengthen mind/muscle connections. Auditory guide sounds and interactive exercises help athletes progressively improve their timing, focus and mental processing speed. This patented program also allows athletes to track their individual performance through a scoring system.

Benefits to you:

  • Improved Rhythm & Timing
  • Increased Mental Processing Speed
  • Sharpened Concentration & Focus
  • Enhanced Overall Execution

Athletes/Teams who use IM (on record):

  • NBA–Miami Heat
  • PGA–Vijay Singh, Glen Day
  • NFL–Miami Dolphins
  • NHL–Florida Panthers
  • University of Notre Dame
  • Syracuse University
  • University of North Carolina
  • University of Miami

How Hypnosis Works for Athletes:

There are many uses of hypnosis for sports performance.

Imagery

Hypnosis encourages the use of imagery. Mental imagery is very powerful, especially in a focused state of attention. The mind seems capable of using imagery, even if it is only symbolic, to assist us in bringing about the things we are imagining. For example, studies of sharpshooters show that shooters who use visualization perform better than those who do not use visualization.

Suggestion

A second basic hypnotic method is to present ideas or suggestions to the athlete. In a state of concentrated attention, ideas and suggestions that are compatible with what the athlete wants seem to have a greater impact on the mind. Athletes can imagine themselves competing with confidence, or can mentally experience the preparation and execution of a complex task.

Recuperation

Motor neurons that fire during the physical execution of a task actually fire when in a hypnotic state, even though the muscles are not moving. That makes hypnosis very useful during periods of injury as it allows a form of practice that has been shown to help maintain muscle memory.

Pain Management

Hypnosis can be used as a form of pain control. It has been proven to be very effective in reducing postoperative discomfort and as an aid in healing. People trained in hypnosis learn ways to help control stress and manage anxiety.

Benefits to You:

  • Shortened injury recovery period
  • Increased confidence
  • Improved ability to manage challenges
  • Return from a slump

Athletes/Professionals who use Hypnosis:

  • Laura Wilkinson – Olympic Gold Medalist in Diving
  • Tiger Woods – Professional Golfer, widely regarded as one of the best to ever play the game
  • Kobe Bryant – Professional Basketball Player
  • Shaquille O’Neil – Professional Basketball Player
  • Kevin Costner – Actor

The mind is a powerful tool – when you know how to use it your advantage.

The mind can also be a HUGE disadvantage when you don’t know how to use it.  We teach athletes to reduce mental interference and use the mind to their advantage to achieve their potential.  Improving your mental game can lead to…

  • Improved Attention, Decreased Impulsivity
  • Improved Concentration
  • Increased ability to manage emotions (anxiety, anger, frustration, etc.)
  • More effective decision making during competition
  • Increased accessibilty to a relaxed focus state of play (aka. “The Zone”)
  • Increased confidence
  • Decreased injury recovery period

Live Far Away or Travel Frequently for Your Sport? We Can Still Help.

We offer long distance training for many of the services offered in the main office (including Interactive Metronome, Hypnosis, traditional Psychotherapy, and Heart Rate Variability Training)