What is Basketball Psychology?

What is Basketball Psychology?

Basketball psychology is the study of a person’s behavior in basketball or sports-related activity. It is a specialization that seeks to understand psychological/mental factors that affect performance in sports, physical activity, and exercise. The mental game coach will apply this information to enhance the individual and team’s performance. It deals with increasing performance by managing emotions and minimizing the psychological effects of injury and poor performance. Some of the most important skills taught are goal setting, relaxation, visualization, self-talk, concentration, confidence, using rituals, attribution training, awareness and control. There are many psychology tools you can apply in basketball. Some basketball psychology tools are mentioned above, but most successful sports psychologists/ mental game coaches will evaluate each individual to determine their learning style and needs; then develop a custom mental game plan.

That’s exactly what we do at Living Well Centre in our Sport Psychology Division.

What is Mental Game Coaching ?

Basketball Mental Game Coaching focuses on the strengths of the athlete’s mental performance, physical abilities and mental preparation skills. A Mental Game Coach helps the athlete expand his/her repertoire of mental skills to achieve more control over what happens during competition by having their mind and body in sync. Mental Game Coaching helps the athlete connect their mental skills and physical abilities to achieve PEAK PERFORMANCE.

Who works with a Mental Game Coach for Basketball?

Almost every college team, pro team, major league, professional team and Olympic team has a mental game coach.

These top athletes are already world class athletes. Why do they have a Mental Game Coach? They have a Mental Game Coach because they want to maintain their excellence and get EVEN BETTER. They want the cutting edge to reach PEAK PERFORMANCE.

A Mental Game Coach can help you in these areas:

  • Awareness
  • Learning
  • Development
  • Change
  • Performance
  • Coaching

Mental Game Coaching is particularly skilled at helping with these critical performance issues:

  • Anxiety
  • Choking
  • Focus
  • Goal-Setting & Achievement
  • Perfectionism
  • Mental Practice
  • Self Discipline & Procrastination
  • Getting in the Zone
  • Slumps & Confidence
  • Performing under Pressure
  • The Fear of Success & Failure

The Type of athletes that can benefit from Mental Game Coaching includes, but not limited to:

  • Talented athletes who have yet to achieve their peak potential
  • Elite athletes who want to improve their concentration and focus
  • Élite athletes who are injured or recovering
  • All athletes who want to improve and reach their peak performance.
  • Just as you train your body you must train you MIND.

How Does Mental Game Coaching Work?

Improving your mental game is a process.

The first step in the process of mental game coaching is to identify your strengths and weakness. The Athlete Mental Aptitude Profile or AMAP is the tool used for this assessment. The assessment serves as a guideline to develop a comprehensive custom plan to assist with developing goals to improve your mental and physical performance.

Once the goals are established the second step is to work with the Mental Game Coach to learn strategies and skills to reach and maintain the goals.

The third step is where you will apply what you have learned in practice and competition. You will, with assistance, of the Mental Game Coach integrate mental skills and strategies into your routines. The best result of mental game improvement comes from long term application of mental training, that’s applied on a daily basis.

Performance Issues that are addressed by a Mental Game Coach:

  • Comfort Zones
  • Emotional Control
  • Expectations
  • Fear of failure
  • Focus
  • Game Strategies
  • Goal Setting
  • Mental Imagery
  • Mental Preparation
  • Motivation
  • The Zone
  • Perfectionism
  • Self-confidence
  • Self-Esteem
  • Stress Reduction
  • Team Dynamic
  • Psychology of Injury & Recovery
  • Transitional Adjustment
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