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Published on July 31, 2019

Male track hurdler using psychology for improved sports performance

How Does Psychology Affect Sports Performance?

Whether you’re ready to dominate on the tennis court or preparing for tomorrow’s big presentation at work, optimal health and peak performance go hand in hand. This is true in sports and all facets of life. When the mind and body are integrated, you perform better.
Pro athletes know this and prioritize psychological wellness as part of their training regimen, just as they focus on strength, endurance, and tactile skills. Athletic performance enhancement strategies help this process by reducing negative thinking and increasing positive thinking to:


  • Improve focus when faced with distractions
  • Increase relaxation under pressure
  • Build self-confidence
  • Encourage positive self-talk

Sports psychology, or performance coaching, is all about mind over matter. Doctors of human behavior and the mind help patients recognize strengths, identify and reduce or eliminate the mental obstacles that impact sports performance and physical healing.

For athletes who want to take their sports performance to the next level, every possible advantage is needed. The power of the mind gives champions the extra edge they need to win and reach those rewards. When an athlete’s performance is limited by mental blocks, self-doubt, stress, negativity or fears, mastering mind over matter is a necessity.

Obstacles can all get in the way of ultimate success and even enjoyment in participating in one’s chosen sport. They may be even more crippling to an athlete who is struggling with coming back after an injury. Getting past the mental obstacles is essential to get back to "fighting form." It also helps push through the barriers that exist between the injury and getting back to competition and full ability. For all athletes, performance can be improved by improving the mind.

Through peak performance coaching, positive mental and behavioral interventions can help increase focus and grow strengths in any given sport. The sports psychologist works with athlete clients to optimize goal setting, mental imagery, team building, performance enhancement, and stress and time management.

To optimize your performance on the court, track, field or pool, consider connecting with a sports psychologist. You’ll find the mind over matter does matter. Talk to a MOSH sports performance expert to learn how you will benefit.