Athletes preparing to compete know very well the work they must undertake in order to have optimal preparation. It is not only physical but also mental, that is why the role of the sports psychologist ends up being essential , as we will see below.

Sports psychology

Psychology also has a relevant role in the world of sports . The discipline of sports psychology is a branch that is responsible for the study of mental processes and behavior in sports activity.

Any elite athlete performs daily work which involves great physical and mental effort. Mental work is essential to be able to face the constant physical challenges that arise. In this sense, the sports psychologist offers tools and strategies for the athlete to optimize their resources and learn to get the best possible performance from their effort.

Sport psychology is supported by scientific studies of any psychological factor that is associated with performance in sport. Whether for teamwork, discipline, competitiveness and performance. This discipline allows the athlete to be in constant evolution , exercising and exceeding their own abilities. It is also important that you are motivated enough to offer the best of yourself at all times.

Functions of the sports psychologist

In the world of sports, the sports psychologist usually goes unnoticed in the eyes of the followers , although he has a relevant role in the athlete’s performance.

The main work carried out by the sports psychologist is to focus on the personality of the athlete , since according to their personality, way of thinking and understanding the sport, various tools may be offered. In this way, strategies are developed to increase their performance, self-esteem, well-being, self-confidence and, in general, their personal satisfaction as well as their quality of life.

The two main areas in which the sports psychologist puts all his interest are

  • Making the athlete use psychological principles for good mental health.
  • Improve your physical capacity and performance , making you aware of the relationship it has with psychological development.

This professional who is part of sports psychology also has an essential role in the rehabilitation and reintegration of the athlete after an injury . It is important to note that working with the athlete in this sense is totally necessary, to deal with their stress, frustration, demotivation and personal conflicts that they may have.

The functions of the sports psychologist are developed in various institutions , such as: hospitals, rehabilitation centers, universities, sports schools, gyms, clubs, etc.

These professionals are usually members of multidisciplinary groups , in order to offer their knowledge in relation to well-being, mental health and performance of athletes, coaches and teams.

In short, a sports psychologist is necessary for any professional who is dedicated to a sports discipline, and wants to learn to develop their full potential to offer the best sports performance, and thus obtain the best possible results. Their participation in any sports field is recommended.

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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