Thought Stopping

Thought stopping has its origins in the late 1950s and is a class of cognitive techniques (involving mental  or  behavioral  aspects)  commonly  employed  by sport  psychologists  to  eliminate  athletes’  recurring negative, self-defeating, or anxiety-related thoughts. Consequently,   an   underpinning   foundation   of thought-stopping  techniques  is  the  assumption that  such  thoughts  are  detrimental  to  task  performance, to well-being,… Continue reading Thought Stopping

Support Group

The  term  support  group  refers  to  all  those  supportive  and  potentially  supportive  people  in  an athlete’s  or  exerciser’s  environment  (e.g.,  parents, siblings,  friends,  peers,  teammates,  coaches,  exercise  leaders,  athletic  trainers,  physiotherapists, physiologists,  psychologists).  This  topic  has  been implicated  widely  within  sport  and  exercise  psychology (SEP) and has been noted to explain nearly a  quarter  of … Continue reading Support Group

Stress Management in Sport

Stress  management  refers  to  the  environmental, physiological, cognitive, and behavioral techniques employed by an individual to manage the factors and  components  that  underlie  the  stress  process or  experience  of  stress.  A  primary  goal  of  stress management  in  sport  is  to  allow  the  athlete  to effectively  regulate  competition  related  demands to  facilitate  optimal  performance  as  well … Continue reading Stress Management in Sport

Simulation Training

Simulation  training  is  a  popular  technique  used in  many  domains,  including  aviation,  the  military,  medicine,  music  and  theatre,  and  sport.  It can  be  described  as  training  or  practicing  under conditions that are reflective of performing under pressure.  Whether  this  is  to  practice  performing lifesaving surgery, rehearse a new dance piece, or preview  the  atmosphere  of … Continue reading Simulation Training

What is Self-Talk?

Self-talk  refers  to  statements  that  athletes  and exercisers address to themselves; these might represent automatic verbalizations or more deliberate forms of speech. Although such statements can be said aloud, most self-talk is said covertly as a silent voice in one’s mind. The nature of self-talk can also reflect positive (e.g., I can do this) or… Continue reading What is Self-Talk?