Now for the fun part-taking these misconceptions and flipping them on their heads. (no pun intended, ok, kind of!)
1. “Don’t be a head case.”
Myth: Sport Psych is for problems or athletes with them
Truth: Sport psychology consultants help good athletes become great.
Oh, and guess what? Good athletes are able to acknowledge difficulties and learn to work through them. Sometimes with help. But you in no way have to be struggling, slumping, or yipping. If you are, that’s ok too. You’re still normal.
If you’re seeing a sport psych or related professional., it’s because you’re committed to gaining an edge; it’s not because there’s something wrong with you.
More and more, athletics programs and coaches embrace the value of sport psychology. It’s becoming more mainstream in programs, such as universities and Olympic Committees which in turn changes the viewpoints of athletes when it comes to using sport psych.
2. “I tried it and it didn’t work.”
There’s also a lot more to it than learning how to deep breathe and visualize. Or be told ‘you’re awesome’. Not that those tools aren’t important, there’s just so much more to it and the athlete has a lot of say in the process.
I'll drive this sucker home with one last point: just like any other aspect of training and recovery, you get out of your mental game what you put into it. Namaste.