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Mental skills coaching for athletes addresses the mental game of sport. It teaches athletes psychological skills they can use to better adhere to their exercise programs, and perform well in both training and competition, even (and especially) under adverse conditions.
The abilities that most mental skills coaches emphasize include, but are not limited to, increasing one's ability to pay attention, concentrate, focus, set goals, visualize, and mentally rehearse next steps.
In my coaching practice, I teach all of the above, but particularly emphasize mindfulness: the ability to stay present in the moment. It is the single most important mental skill an athlete can develop.
Athletic challenges addressed through mental skills coaching:
How mental skills coaching differs from psychotherapy:
Psychotherapy seeks to resolve self-defeating thought patterns and behaviors that limit an individual's ability to live a rational, productive and enjoyable life, usually by facilitating insights through talk therapy.
Mental skills coaching is distinctly different. Educational rather than therapeutic, it seeks to teach the already high-performing athlete how to use the mind as skillfully as the body in responding to the challenges of any demanding sports activity.
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