Sports Psychology

Sports psychology is a fundamental part of any sport. Here, we find out all about how to be an effective leader, how to build and motivate a team, how to combat stress, and how to ensure that you develop resilience, as well as many other facets of your game.

Sports psychology is a field that focuses on understanding how psychological factors can affect athletic performance, and it covers a wide range of topics. Some of the most important topics in sports psychology include:

Motivation: Understanding what motivates athletes to perform well and how to maintain their motivation over time is crucial for sports performance.

Goal setting in sport: Setting specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound (SMART) goals can help athletes focus their efforts and achieve success.

Self-confidence: Developing and maintaining a strong sense of self-confidence can help athletes perform at their best and overcome setbacks and challenges.

Anxiety & stress management: Athletes often experience anxiety and stress related to competition, and learning effective coping strategies can help them perform better under pressure.

Attention and concentration: The ability to maintain focus and concentrate on the task at hand is crucial for athletic success.

Positive Imagery & Visualisation: Using mental imagery and visualization techniques can help athletes prepare for competition and improve their performance.

Team dynamics: Understanding the dynamics of team interactions and how to build a cohesive and supportive team environment can help athletes perform at their best.

  1. Building Team cohesion


Effective leadership skills can help coaches and team captains motivate and inspire their teams to perform at a high level.

  1. What makes the ultimate leader?
  2. Creating a team identity
  3. Fostering your team’s identity
  4. Shared leadership


Sports introduce us to adversity. Our ability to absorb pressure and bounce back makes us more resilient to difficult situations both on and off the field.

  1. Getting out of your head and into the game: Navigating the challenges of Ultimate with a flexible mind

Coaching Behaviours

  1. Building relationships with your players
  2. Preparing for pressure

Alice Beeching maintains complete focus during the 2021 UK National Championships


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