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Sport Psychology
What is Sport Psychology?
Sport Psychology is the study of behavioral factors that influence and are influenced by participation and performance in sport, exercise, and physical activity. Sport psychology professionals are interested in how participation in sport, exercise, and physical activity may enhance personal development and well-being throughout the life span. Have you ever heard a coach say that a sport is 50-90% mental? It is this mental side of sport that sport psychology professionals work with. Coaches often deal exclusively with the physical and strategic components of sport, whereas, sport psychology professionals seek to enhance the minds of athletes and exercisers to help them improve their performance by coming closer to reaching their potential in a competitive or non-competitive setting.
Among other things, sport psychology professionals help individuals who:
…lose focus during competition.
…lack confidence during games.
…get scared or anxious while competing.
…have trouble communicating with teammates.
…choke during important competitive events.
…have trouble motivating themselves in sport and exercise settings.
…get angry easily when they perform below their expectations.
So, if you are:
Looking for a competitive edge,
Would like to learn how to have more fun while participating in sport,
Are concerned with your child's experience in youth sports,
Are looking for a way to get more out of your sport or exercise experience?

Then you should contact Dr. Marshall Mintz in order receive Sport Psychology services from doctors highly trained and specialized in optimizing human performance. To read more about Dr. Mintz and his
sport psychology training a practice please click on the following link
Why Do People Contact Sport Psychology Professionals? 
  • 1. To improve performance. This is the most common reason for consulting a sport psychology professional. In general, performance may be enhanced through the teaching of mental strategies that either refine the practices of effective performers or help other performers overcome obstacles that prevent them from reaching their potential. 
  • 2. To deal with the pressures of competition. Athletes at all levels seek help in dealing with the pressures of competition. Such pressures may stem from parental and/or coach expectations as well as the athlete's own expectations regarding performance. 
  • 3. To enhance the experience of youth sport participants. Youth sport organizations may employ a sport psychology professional to educate coaches about how to increase the satisfaction and enjoyment of participants and about the coaches' role in promoting the development of healthy self- esteem. 
  • 4. To get psychological assistance with injury rehabilitation. People with injuries may seek assistance with adjusting to non-participant status, adhering to physical therapy, tolerating pain, or other issues. 
  • 5. To assist with an exercise program. People who want to exercise regularly may work with a sport psychology professional to increase their motivation and help with other issues related to exercise adherence. 
  • 6. To receive guidance in dealing with life challenges. Concerns with personal problems can adversely affect exercise and athletic performance. People often find that counseling helps to put things in perspective and allows for greater satisfaction in life, career transition, and time management. 
7. To help make the transition out of sport participation more easily. People spend a lot of time in sport, and the transition to being a non-participant can be very difficult