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Sports psychology in Loughborough

Mind Your Performance!

When all things technical are equal, what makes the difference between good and great; great and outstanding; outstanding and world-class?

Skills that are learnt and developed greatly enhance performance; these make the basis of our game. However, many performers are skilful but they do not make it to the top of their game.

When we take up a sport it is important to assess how to progress: What is your expectation? What would you like to achieve? If your expectations include competition at any level then you might be interested in this page.

Think about the mental attributes which contribute to performance; for example

  • Determination
  • Focus
  • Concentration
  • Self belief
  • Confidence

These are all executed brilliantly when practising during friendly competition, however once we add the pressure of winning, our mental attributes can crumble and fail us.

We start to doubt whether we can make that golf shot, or analyse why the putt went wide. In team games it might all of a sudden become difficult to make a direct pass, stop the ball cleanly, make decisions, shoot on target, out manoeuvre a player….the list of performance errors made during pressurised situations is phenomenal.

In 1974, before sports psychology was ever really part of a sports performance package, an interesting guy called ‘Tim Gallwey’ wrote “Every game is composed of two parts, an outer game and an inner game.” The former is played against opponents, and is filled with lots of contradictory advice; the latter is played not against, but within the mind of the player, and its principal obstacles are self-doubt and anxiety. Gallwey’s revolutionary thinking was really a primer on how to get out of your own way to let your best game emerge. It was sports psychology before the two words were pressed against each other and codified into an accepted discipline.

More recently during the 2012 Olympic Games, sports psychology became even more prominent and well respected as part of elite sports performance. Emphasised greatly by our cyclists, canoeists, paddlers, equestrian and taekwondo, these disciplines all had one commonality. Not only were their performances outstanding and responsible for many of the UK’s medals, they were all trained mentally by Dr. Steve Peters and his team. Dr. Steve Peters uses a unique and revolutionary method to improve performance; it is called ‘Chimp Management’. This method of optimising mental performance can be used in all aspects of life and is not restricted to sport.

At Active Aims, our psychological coach is mentored by a member of Dr Steve Peters team and his methods are incorporated into our programme.

Active Aims will explore your thought processes during pressurised play, identify when negative self talk takes place. In response, we will help you to control aspects of your play which are controllable – namely your mind, by developing your ability to trust your self, visualise positive performance, become aware and develop true concentration.

Just as it takes time to develop a physical skill, it also takes time and practice to develop mind skills. However, the first step is to recognise that your inner game is a huge contributing factor in a winning the game!

For more information or to discuss how we might be able to help you please email or call 07973 782 647 or Loughborough 01509 437765.