The Mental Edge: Sport & Performance Psychology


92976059-0923-432E-AFB9-E1343EA0B5CE_edThe Mental Edge

Whether student-athletes hope to overcome obstacles in their sport(s) or dream of performing in the collegiate or professional level, learning strategies to gain a “mental edge” is important. Mental skills are techniques that help athletes control their minds efficiently and consistently; incorporating these strategies into training can help athletes make adjustments to their actions, thoughts, and feelings to improve their performance. And these strategies aren’t limited just to athletics. Students can use them anytime—getting ready for a test, participating in a math debate, engaging in the performing arts, or any other situation that calls upon them to do their best.

“90% of the game is half mental.”—Yogi Berra

What is sport psychology?

Sport psychology is an interdisciplinary science that draws on knowledge from many related fields including physiology, kinesiology, and psychology. It involves the study of how psychological factors affect performance and how to address optimal performance and well-being for athletes.