What is sports and performance psychology?
Mind, brain and body combine to have an effect on performance. The practice of sports psychology focuses on integrating many psychological fields to optimise performance and well-being. Practitioners in sport psychology may draw upon sport science principles, performance psychology, psychopathology, educational psychology, human psychology, social and cultural psychology, organisational psychology, developmental psychology, counselling psychology, vocational psychology, positive psychology and even in specific contexts of harassment, forensic psychology. Techniques may integrate counselling, family systems, mental skills training and mindfulness. Working within organisations, sport psychologists are likely to work organisationally drawing from organisational psychology to impact practices and protocols that support all those involved in the sport.
How does a consultant work?
All consultations are confidential and information is only shared with informed consent. A consultant may counsel individually, may work with a team delivering workshops or work with organisations to develop programs.
Why seek out a consultant?
A consultant can help all gain insight into what may be holding them back from improving on their performance and achieving their goals with wellbeing. By developing awareness and applying psychological techniques, individuals approach tasks with more confidence, heightened motivation and decreased anxiety, resulting in overall enhanced performances.
The consultant may also be able to observe current practices within an organisation and help those in leadership with better structures and protocols to support back room staff and athletes.
In youth sport and activity settings, the consultant can design and deliver curriculums that encourage youths to gain social skills that transfer to all other domains and prepare them to be leaders in life. Aspiring talented youth athletes and performers are also supported in their progression and adjustment to the performance environment.
In business and on dynamic trading floors, clients gain self control and manage their emotions to mobilise quick effective decisions in fast paced environments. They are also empowered to communicate more effectively and engage innovative methods to meet overcome challenges. The consultant may also be engaged to work on cultural approaches systemically to enhance employee engagement.