Why Sport Pyschology?
Up until about a decade ago, a Sport Psychology Practitioner or Consultant was considered a person who athletes went to see only when they had a problem, not someone who healthy and productive athletes and teams spent their time with. Over the past decade, the amount of sport psychologists throughout the UK has tripled. Most athletes fatigue mentally before they fatigue physically, due to the fact that their mind is not in as good shape as their bodies. The psychology involved in sport and exercise is now often seen as of equal importance to physical fitness and skill.Need convincing or some inspiration....?Here’s what some of the ‘greats’ have said about the importance of Sport Psychology...
"What's the critical difference between athletes who succeed and those who go home empty-handed? Those who succeed have blended the mental aspects necessary for success into their physical training program.”

Chris Carmichael, coach of Lance Armstrong -seven time Tour De France winner.
“A sportsman cannot be best unless he is deeply competitive. He must be consumed by the desire to win in order to motivate himself. It is the compulsion to triumph that impels him out of bed on freezing January mornings and through the onerous hours of training.”

Three time Olympic Gold medallist, Matthew Pinsent (as cited in Daily Mail, 2002).
“Athletes who underperformed in the Atlanta, Nagano, and Sydney Olympics reported that more mental training and access to sport psychologists would have made the greatest difference in their Olympic experience.”

U.S. Olympic Committee report on athlete performance.
“It’s (winning) not about skills. It’s about attitude and the effect on the team. One wrong team player can sap all the energy from the group.”

Former England rugby union coach, Sir Clive Woodward.
Sally Gunnell has stated that, “70% of what it took to become Olympic champion was in my mind.” Being positive and focused helped Sally
Gunnell get the best out of herself. She advised that the best way to channel achievement in your career is to break out of your comfort zone, define clear goals and distance yourself from negativity. “When I stood on the line in Barcelona [where she won gold at the Olympics, 1992] there were people who were stronger than me, faster than me, and taking all sorts of substances to enhance their performance. For me, it was about my mind. If you know what you want to do in life, you need to visualise yourself achieving – and that’s how results will come.” Sally enlisted the help of a psychologist who told her to visualise her race 50 times a day, and play every scenario through her mind. “I had to take myself to every possible outcome – but if I started losing the race in my mind, I had to press pause, rewind and replay until I won.” The key to it all was ensuring she won every time. She was mentally setting herself up for success. She explained that overcoming nerves and negativity was a huge step change, and what ultimately makes a champion. “The more you force feed yourself positive thoughts, the more you will believe it” she says. “I went out in Barcelona thinking – ‘I’m going to win this race.’”

“No building is better than its structural foundation, and no man is better than his mental foundation. When I prepared my original Success Pyramid years ago, I put industriousness and enthusiasm as the two cornerstones with LOYALTY right in the middle of the pyramid – Loyalty to yourself and to all those dependent upon you.”

The Legendary NCAA Basketball Coach and ”Wizard of Westwood,” John Wooden. From The Edge – by Howard Ferguson

“Victory becomes, to some degree, a state of mind. Knowing ourselves superior to the anxieties, troubles and worries which obsess us, we are superior to them.”

Basil King, Canadian philosopher

“It’s lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believed in myself.”

Muhammad Ali, Three-Time World Heavy-Weight Champion

“Champions aren’t made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them – a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have the skill and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill.”

Muhammad Ali, Three-Time World Heavy-Weight Champion

“Only a man who knows what it is like to be defeated can reach down to the bottom of his soul and come up with the extra ounce of power it takes to win when the match is even.”

Muhammad Ali, Three-Time World Heavy-Weight Champion

“Your mind is what makes everything else work.”

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Basketball Player

“Golf is a game that is played on a five-inch course - the distance between your ears.”

Bobby Jones, the most successful amateuer golfer ever to compete at national and international level

“If you expect a bad lie for even one second, the gods will know it and give you a bad lie.”
Michelle Wie, LGPA Tour Winner

“Confidence in golf means being able to concentrate on the problem at hand with no outside interference.”

Tom Watson, 39 times Winner of the PGA Tour

“I’ve heard people say putting is 50 percent technique and 50 percent mental. I really believe it is 50 percent technique and 90 percent positive thinking. See, but that adds up to 140 percent, which is why nobody is 100 percent sure how to putt.”

Chi Chi Rodriguez, 8 times Winner of the PGA Tour

“It’s something you have to find from within. You have to keep pushing yourself from within. It’s not about what other people think and what other people say. It’s about what you want to accomplish.”
Tiger Woods, Winner of Over 14 Professional Golf Championships.

“Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.”
Lou Holtz, American Football Coach

“I can’t control what people say or anything like that. I have to focus on what I can control and that’s what I’m going to do.”

Patrick Marleau, Canadian National Professional Ice Hockey Forward

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