Sports Performance

Many Sport Psychologists believe that 80 - 90% of an Olympic athlete's performance is in the mind. Possessing a Positive Mental Attitude has a huge effect on the outcome of any endeavour. Our experience is that 90% of all sports people do not know this and only train the body. When the power of the mind is introduced into sporting performance, the results can be dramatic.

The Benefits of hypnosis

The benefits of hypnosis in enhancing sports performance are very well known, especially by those that use it regularly.  Typically, it can help you to:

  • enhance your focus and concentration on maximising your sports performance
  • overcome the fear of losing and concentrate instead on the joy of winning
  • relax your mind and body, increasing fluidity of movements and reaction times
  • overcome negative memories of previous poor performances, which continue to inhibit your full potential
  • discover and re-programme negative beliefs about self such as fear of failure; fear of being challenged; fear of not being good enough, etc
  • visualise events before they take place, see yourself winning, feel it, believe it, do it
  • subconsciously changing attitudes towards fitness and nutrition
  • speed up recovery periods following sports injuries for example.

Peak ‘mental’ performance:

- is equally, if not even more important than peak physical fitness and ability.  An athlete with a perfect physical body, but an inadequate mental state is comparable to a Formula One car without a steering wheel: it’s going to crash at the 1st bend!

Mental preparation is absolutely key to success for any competitive sportspersons preparation.

'The Zone':

We’ve all watched top athletes when they are in ‘THE ZONE’.  At that moment in time, even the underdog can prove almost unbeatable.  Once you’re in the zone, it’s effectively like being in a trance, where you are completely focussed on winning to the exclusion of all other thoughts.  You are on heightened alert.  You ‘see’ and even ‘feel’ the edge in everything you do.  It’s an amazing feeling that can make you feel unbeatable.  For an opponent, it can be soul destroying and often they start to lose belief in their own game.  Frustration sets in and it becomes a real uphill battle to beat you.

Tennis is an excellent example of this.  You may be able to visualise the scenario, where one player is playing in ‘the zone’ for a whole set.  They just can’t do a thing wrong and it shatters their opponent’s game.  Then, one bad shot or double fault can transform the dynamics of the whole game.  Suddenly, the same player, loses confidence and their game quickly deteriorates.  At the same time the opponent sees an opening, their confidence increases and it’s literally a different ball game. 

What happened?  Did the player’s abilities suddenly disappear?  No, not at all, it was only ever their focus and self belief that deserted them.  In these and any other similar situations in any other sport, hypnotherapy is a priceless tool to maximise your confidence, ensuring you stay focused on 'your' game plan, even when your opponent is in ‘the zone’.  You will no doubt have heard it said about two competitors of a similar standard in battle, ‘it’s now just a battle of wills’.

Guided Imagery

Being in ‘The Zone’ is just half the equation.  Maximising hypnotic suggestion, also involves a specialist combining a deep sense of relaxation with NLP building resources procedures to guide you through vivid imagery of how you can play the perfect game in ‘your’ sport.  This kind of psychological preparation drastically increases confidence and improves performance and reactions times.  It has even been shown to increase stamina and strength by several percent, making all the difference to your performance. 

It can take countless hours to reach supreme fitness, with the necessary skills.  Yet it can take just several sessions to achieve the mental peak you require.  If you are someone who loves the thrill of being at the top of their game, and you want that ‘edge’ then call ‘Reachout Therapy’ for that free telephone consultation today.

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