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Sport and Exercise Psychology is the study and application of psychological principles of human performance in helping athletes consistently perform in the upper range of their capabilities and more thoroughly enjoy the sport performance process. Applied sport psychologists are uniquely trained and specialized to engage in a broad range of activities including the identification, development and execution of the mental and emotional knowledge, skills and abilities required for excellence in athletic domains; the understanding, diagnosing and preventing of the psychological, cognitive, emotional, behavioral and psychophysiological inhibitors of consistent, excellent performance; and the improvement of athletic contexts to facilitate more efficient development, consistent execution and positive experiences in athletes. Sport and Exercise Psychology is beneficial for athletes at any level of the performance spectrum, from professional to weekend athlete.
Sport and Exercise Psychologists use a variety of techniques to assist their clients in achieving their goals. Most common are cognitive techniques, such as reframing and understanding thought patterns. Hypnosis is an effective tool for helping athletes increase their level of relaxation and focus.
-Robert T. Jones IV | M.DIC, PSY.D (See Full Bio)