Paul Bevan-Thomas has a Masters degree in Sport Psychology from Florida State University. He teaches athletes mental skills such as focusing, confidence and relaxation that are essential for any successful performance. He's worked with high school, college, professional and Olympic athletes in dozens of sports.
"Athletes of any age or skill level can train themselves to become more focused, more relaxed and more confident. These mental skills provide a huge advantage over the competition. Nowadays, every advantage you can get, you should take".
What is Sport Psychology?
Sport Psychology is concerned with the psychological aspects of training and competing in competition. A Sport Psychology consultant teaches athletes and performers the mental skills required to compete consistently at their best. In addition they will help athletes handle the stress of this competitive lifestyle.
Mental skills include goal setting, focusing on the right things at the right time, staying calm under pressure and building belief in your own abilities.
Sometimes there is a performance block or crisis to overcome. Other athletes will learn to incorporate mental skills at an early age so they can handle the increasing pressure of competition. Building resilience and toughness also helps develop self-esteem.
Every serious athlete will practice their technical skills. Every athlete will also work out in the gym to get faster and stronger. When mental skills are added to the overall training program it provides a huge advantage over the competition and allows the athlete to reach their full potential sooner.
- Goal Setting
- Relaxation and Breathing
- Exercise Psychology
- Managing Injury Rehabilitation
- Overtraining or Burnout
- Coaching Effectiveness