SPORT PSYCHOLOGY

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The sports psychology will help you in strategic, tactical, emotion management, motivation, self-skills, and in your ability to focus on your optimal mental state.

Best performance appears when the player´s mental state combines confidence, calm, concentration, relaxation, excitement and stability at the same time. Sportsman can get to this state spontaneously, almost by chance or coincidence, surprisingly and unpredictably. But maybe this state can be the result of a work of the conscious. This work involves an awareness, understanding, management, and enjoyment of that state of mind. Confidence, energy, tension, frustration, success and mistakes are muscles that we have to sustain; otherwise, they could get weak. These are trained as any other body’s muscle.

The logic of the fan, manager, coach, and player are different. They all have different expectations that determine their actions. Sports psychologist does not wield popular opinions. It is beneficial to learn to work strategically and guided by scientific assessments. Deep mental aspects are not understandable from common sense. Common sense and sympathetic attitudes have no relevance when we are working with professional golfers.

The coaches, the committee, the parents of the players sometimes can´t understand the interventions of the sports psychologist professionalism. But the psychologist has to know how to explain why is working in a specific way, showing their side. It is more difficult and it takes more intelligence and confidence to understand a psychological phenomenon and transmit it successfully than wining.

Coaches have to let the professional in sport psychology to help, and this doesn’t talk bad about their knowledge and experience. When the expert intervention is denied, and the coach can’t handle some situations, results go wrong. Looking for a sports psychologist when there is a crisis with the results reveals the lack of importance that was given to the mental aspect before.

High performance requires professionalism, and interdisciplinary work that uses the mental strength and the designed strategies to cope with challenges, for that, the players, the coach, the psychologist, and all have to participate in a coordinated way. Interdisciplinary work, which complements its experience and knowledge related to sport, is reached. It is the best way to achieve better results.

Sports Psychology, as a branch of psychology, aims to work with the mental states involved in the tasks and to optimize the psychological functioning. It detects deficits and works on them to obtain better results in the performance. Consequently, the victories will come. The sports psychologist is prepared to see what happens to the player, what he thinks and where they lost their way. There are simple problems, difficult to solve, and by the contrary, tricky problems, easy to solve. Nowadays the psychology counts with lots of tools y that allows anticipating and planning efficiently.

It is not only a standard work to solve motivation, but it is also to solve “your” motivation, what is 100% unique and particular, that you have to understand it within all the variables of your life. The mental paradigm is constantly changing, because each one and their context change, and have to be accepted and understand.

The psychological perspective allows us to understand the mental phenomenon; if they are treated adequately, they can be foreseen and redirected. High performance is an enigma. It can be appreciated when you understand its contradictions. Understanding the paradox means that our mind can live with a contradiction.

To evaluate a player we consider the following variables:

  • Technique
  • Innate talent
  • Desire to grow
  • Performance in practice vs. in the competition,
  • Level of visualization
  • Ability to choose its state of mind,
  • Level of verbalization,
  • Leadership
  • The balance between the focus between the imagined vs. the results,
  • Level of passionate concentration,
  • Aspiration level,
  • Charisma,
  • Capacity to enjoy,
  • Their relationship between the positive and complain
  • Thee level of registration and control of their emotions
  • The assessment of the mental aspect
  • Their conviction or right to believe being a the number one
  • Their level of focus on good results and on the bad,
  • The relationship between praxis and strategic reflection: The ability to see the long term.
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Si tu objetivo es dar un salto de nivel, acá estamos para ayudarte. Mi nombre es Rafael Beltrán, soy Doctor en Psicología, especializado en la psicología de negocios y del deporte.

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