Why Athletes Need Sports Psychology

Are you an athlete? Have you ever felt nervous, wired, tight, or sick right before a big game? Do you ever watch your teammates and compare yourself to them negatively or positively? Does losing a game feel like a personal blow to your self-esteem and skill? Many athletes feel these kinds of emotions during their career at one point or another. In a career that relies on personal skills and achievements, it is difficult not to feel this way. Unfortunately, when these thoughts begin to fester in the minds of athletes, it is hard to separate healthy ones from damaging ones, ones that stimulate growth and ones that are self-destructive.

That’s where sports psychologists come in. Just like how a sports coach trains an athlete’s body and physical abilities, sports psychologists train an athlete’s mind and emotional stability. Sports psychology is an important part of any athlete’s athletic journey/