What Is Sports Performance Psychology? and How Can Hypnotherapy Eliminate Your Sports Performance Problem!
Sports performance psychology is a huge industry that has a huge number of books published dedicated to helping both the professional and amateur sports athlete deal with mental and emotional aspects of sport that may prevent them from reaching there best. Also, there are many professionals dedicated to coaching and coaching athletes on how to overcome these different psychological challenges in their chosen sport.
Negative external or internal psychological factors can lead to mental blocks, causing breaks in focus and preparation, poor performance and, at times, injuries to the athlete. They can produce physical problems such as muscles tightening, shaking, and jerky movements at crucial times that hamper performance.
Athletes Need Help in the Following Areas
Various mental strategies, such as visualisation, self-talk and relaxation techniques, can help athletes overcome obstacles and achieve their full potential.
Pressures of Competition
Athletes need help to deal with pressure from parents, coaches or even their own expectations; A large part of this is help with communication and accepting critiques.
Recover from Injuries
After an injury, athletes may need help to tolerate pain, adhering to their physical therapy regimens or adjusting to being sidelined or they need help to overcome anxiety related to the trauma of the injury and the fear of it happening again.
Keep up an Exercise Program
Even those who want to exercise regularly may find themselves unable to fulfil their goal. These athletes need help to increase their motivation and tackle any related concerns that are blocking their exercise program.
Young people also need to be guided in developing healthy self-esteem so they can enjoy sports and play them to their best ability.
Some Examples of Different Sports Performance Problems
Yips is a golf problem where a golfer will have an involuntary jerky movement when swinging to hit the ball, will cause them to miss hit the ball and have a bad shot.
Clay pigeon shooters have a similar problem when shooting they may have a jerky movement or hesitation that causes them to miss the clay pigeon.
They have emotional issues that distract them from boxing; One client was worried about what their opponent thinks of them when in the match.
Have a problem of worrying about their diving to the point anxiety and then anger would make sure they had a bad competition they were psyched out.
Athlete would have a bad shot then get really angry and worry it would happen again then they would get more and more angry worry about doing badly and well would actually do badly, to the point they were thinking of quitting because it was not fun anymore.
Mixed Martial Arts
Using drugs was hampering their training and amplifying their anxiety levels, which affected their competition in matches so they needed to stop.
Having panic attacks on a daily basis that was hampering her ability to box and run her boxing business because of extreme anxiety and fear of the panic attacks.
Having had an accident and hurting them-self it took ages to recover and when returning to racing they found they couldn’t lean their bike over on left hand turns how they needed to because of the fear they would have their tyre slip out and crash again, the bike felt like it was slipping even though it was not.
What Are the Symptoms of Sports Performance Problem?
You may experience a range of symptoms and they will vary from one person to another. Below is a range of symptoms that you may experience that can cause sports performance problems.
Sports Performance Problem May Be Caused by the Following Emotions
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How Do You Develop Sports Performance Problems?
There are many reasons people develop sports performance problem there’s no one cause, there are many reasons and they vary from person to person below we describe how we develop these problems. To begin with, we will need to explain how emotions work to fully understand how we develop sports performance problems.
We store our emotions in our bodies and they are anchored to our memories. So over time as you have more and more memories or experiences of negative emotions like anxiety, you store these emotions in your body anchored to your memories and you accumulate them.
So imagine emotions are not on or off they are on a scale of say 1–10 so when you’re young your anxiety level is low say a 1 and as you get older and accumulate more memories of anxiety that the level goes up to say 3, 6, 7 etc till it reaches a point where you really feel anxious. The level at which this happens differs from person to person. This goes for all negative emotions that are related to causing the sporting performance problems.
The biggest factor is fear of failure, so when you stuff up you may get upset, angry, embarrassed, etc. These emotions will then anchor to the memory of that failure.
So I will use golf and the yips as an example, you are at the tee about to swing to hit the ball and you twitch or jerk the stroke on the way down and; You slice the ball and it goes wildly off target. So when you do this you feel angry, embarrassed, failure, etc. These emotions are now anchored to the memory of slicing the ball and having a bad stroke.
Now you will do this again on and off overtime and a critical point is reached where you have now anchored enough emotion to the thought or memory of slicing the ball!. You begin to get anxious about slicing the ball. So you start to think more about missing the ball and the more you think about missing the ball the more you anchor anxiety, anger, embarrassment, etc to the thought of missing the ball, so the more you will actually miss the ball. The more you miss the ball the more you think about missing the ball, the more you get anxious, angry, embarrassed about it the more you anchor these emotions to it, the more you think about it. You are now stuck in a loop that is self-reinforcing and over time it builds up you just keep going around in a circle.
The accumulation of many of these events or memories will develop into a sporting performance problem. Then if you cannot fix this problem, many athletes lose interest in the sport and will eventually quit.
Traditional Treatments for Sports Performance Problems
To overcome performance anxiety, a sports psychologist, coach, and trainer may try to help the athlete understand why those thoughts and feelings develop and then try to change or modify that process with limited amounts of success.
While the above should be built into the training of an athlete, it’s not really going to help much once a person has a problem.
How Can Hypnotherapy Eliminate a Sports Performance Problem?
Hypnotherapy that is designed to work with emotions and eliminate emotions is very effective in eliminating sports performance problems.
However, most hypnotherapy approaches don’t work to eliminate emotions in this way most hypnotherapists work by introducing suggestions into your subconscious mind to change your thoughts and hence your behaviours, so it can work great with behaviour problems but not emotions. Unfortunately, most hypnotherapists are taught this behavioural suggestion type of hypnosis.
Fortunately, I am trained in how to work with emotions, more importantly how to remove them, and this is the key to eliminating sports performance problems.
I have been working with clients for years helping them eliminate their sports performance problems by using hypnotherapy and other neuro-hypnotic re-patterning techniques.
This is achieved by removing or disconnecting the emotions from your memories; Remember, you store your emotions in your body anchored to your memories. So using these techniques, we can make your memories emotionless.
So we will remove all emotions that trigger your sports performance problem like anxiety, anger, sad, worthless, embarrassment, etc.
At the end of my hypnotherapy sessions as a test I get the client to go back to all their bad memories and try to get any old emotions associated with them back, but hey cannot get any emotion associated with these memories, they just feel blank or neutral. I also will get them to test a variety of contexts in their life such as work, self, relationships, future, etc. But all of these different contexts and memories are the same they just feel blank or neutral.
Finally, I will get them to go back to all the times they can remember having sports performance problem and they won’t be able to get any of the old emotions, physical sensations from those memories so they just won’t worry about it anymore.
So at the end of the session, these clients no longer have the sports performance problem.