Sports Psychology Basics: Be Proactive If You Want to Succeed #BITESIZE

Sports Psychology Basics: Be Proactive If You Want to Succeed #BITESIZE

Dr. Jim Afremow is a much sought-after mental skills coach, licensed professional counselor, and the author of The Champion’s Mind: How Great Athletes Think, Train and Thrive (Rodale, 2014), The Champion’s Comeback: How Great Athletes Recover, Reflect, and Reignite (Rodale, 2016) , and The Young Champion’s Mind: How to Think, Train, and Thrive Like an Elite Athlete (Rodale, 2018). 

He is the founder of Good to Gold Medal, PLLC, a  leading coaching and consulting practice. Though his practice is located  in Phoenix, Arizona. Dr. Afremow provides individual  and team mental training services across the globe to athletes, teams,  and coaches in all sports, as well as to parents, business  professionals, and all others engaged in highly demanding endeavors. He  is passionate about helping others achieve peak performance and personal  excellence, and reach their true potential.

For over 20 years, Dr. Afremow has assisted numerous high school, collegiate, recreational, and  professional athletes. Major sports represented include MLB, NBA, WNBA,  PGA Tour, LPGA Tour, NHL,  NFL, and the UFC. In addition, he has mentally trained  several U.S. and international Olympic competitors. He served as the  staff mental coach for two international Olympic teams, the Greek  Olympic softball team and India’s Olympic field hockey team. He served as a senior staff member with Counseling Services and  Sports Medicine at Arizona State University, and as a Mental Skills Coach and the Peak Performance Coordinator with the San Francisco Giants MLB organization.

In today’s short bite sized episode, I chat with Dr Jim Afremow, the co-author of The Leaders Mind.  Jim shares with you his thoughts about the field of sport psychology to improve your understanding on what we can offer as practitioners.  He also touches on the crossover-between supporting people with performance issues as well as mental health concerns, working with youngsters and the fact mental skills, as is the case with mental toughness can be learned with good support and guidance.

Key Takeaways include:

  • Without taking care of your mental health, you’ll find it difficult to perform at your best consistently.
  • Too many people leave their mindset to chance, sports psychology bridges this gap with proactive support.
  • Many people believe that you’re either born with confidence or you’re not which is incorrect.  Mental skills training can help you improve your confidence levels. be developed and improved upon.

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Podcast episodes to improve your approach to playing sport or coaching

Ep 061: Paul Lyons – Why You Should Build Your Mental Toughness

Ep 084: Dr Jim Afremow and Phil White – Mental Toughness and The Leaders Mind 

Ep 121: Doug Strycharczyk and Dr John Perry What Is New? Developments in Mental Toughness Research and Practice

Ep140: Chris Cook – How to Improve Your Mental Strength: Secrets from an Olympian

EP147: Aaron Walsh – The Application of Mental Performance Coaching in Elite Professional Rugby

Relevant blogs to help you improve your approach

Blog – 9 Tips for Children from Olympians

Blog – 3 Tips for Playing with Confidence under Pressure

Blog: 3 Tips to Help You Overcome Setbacks

Blog: Coach Development – Helping Athletes Overcome Fear of Failure

Sport Specific Resources from our Sports Psychology library to help you

Soccer or Football Psychology Resources

Hockey Psychology Resources

Rugby Psychology Resources

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David Charlton

Global Sports Psychologist who is located near Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK and willing to travel Internationally.  David also uses online video conferencing software (Zoom, Facetime, WhatsApp) on a regular basis and has clients who he has supported in USA, Canada, South America, UAE, Australian and New Zealand.  

Managing Director – Inspiring Sporting Excellence and Founder of The Sports Psychology Hub.  With over 10 years experience supporting athletes, coaches, parents and teams to achieve their goals, quickly.   

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