For years both Olympians and professional athletes have turned to hypnotherapy to gain a mental edge over their opponents. It has been said competition at any competitive level is 80% mental and 20% physical, and hypnosis is the key to mental success. As such, professionals such as Tiger Woods in golf, and Wayne Gretzky in hockey have used sports hypnotherapy to enhance the mental aspect of their game.

 

Research shows the key components of successful athletic performance go beyond physical fitness to include the mind. In fact, more often than not, the difference between first and second place is ultimately decided by mental attitudes. When it comes to performance, a positive mentality is essential to sports. For example, if you are anxious, depressed, or lack confidence in your abilities, you are not going to perform to the best of your ability (no matter how hard you train).

 

Sports hypnotherapy is widely recognised as an essential tool to boost athletic performance, and produce the vital edge needed to become a winner.

 

What is Sports Hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is a natural, safe, and relaxing form of therapy. Sports hypnotherapy involves an interactive process to redirect the attention of both the conscious and subconscious mind where any negative thoughts impacting your performance develop and fester. For an athlete, this state of mind is crucial to achieving automatic responses to produce a hyper-focused state during performance. Essentially, when an athlete is focused and unaware of distracting thoughts their performance becomes automatic, often called ‘being in the zone’.   Regardless of age or experience, achieving this state of mind is a key component for facilitating peak sports performance.

Together with your hypnotherapist, you’ll determine the root causes hindering your athletic performance to change the way you respond to certain triggers. Sports hypnotherapy will also provide you with various methods to relax quickly and efficiently. You’ll learn how to switch off your active mind before you shift to negative thoughts, anxiety, and stress. Additionally, sports hypnotherapy will help you develop the ability to maintain motivation and inner determination to practice and refine your athletic ability and performance.

 

Benefits of Sports

Sports hypnotherapy enhances and improves an athlete’s performance. As you enter a deep state of relaxation, your hypnotherapist will work to remove any negative thoughts or anxieties hindering your performance while simultaneously boosting your self-confidence.

Contributing to improved focus, confidence, and self-belief, additional common benefits of sports hypnotherapy include:

Increased dedication and performance motivation

– Reinforcement of established athletic goals

– Improved self-belief

– Enhanced ability to handle nervousness

– Removal of negative thoughts or self-doubt

– Enhanced ability to maintain composure and overcome distractions (both external and internal)

– Enhanced stress management

– Increased concentration

– Pain management (when applicable)

– Improved body awareness

– And more

 

AB Mindworks

Sports therapy often focuses on managing, mitigating, and eliminating the negative thoughts and self-doubt associated with performance. While negative thoughts are common, when left unchecked, they can wreak havoc on your ability to achieve your goals.

Developing mental resilience allows athletes to manage and identify any turbulence of the mind that may be hindering athletic performance. Even if you are meeting certain expectations, with the help of sports hypnotherapy you may be able to take your performance to the next level.

Annie Browne of AB Mindworks has a sport psychology degree and worked with professional and amateur athletes over many years.  She has developed a course specifically for Golfers to improve their golf with the power of their mind. Football, rugby, cricket and other teams have all benefitted from this type of training, which is often lacking in coaching sessions.

The professionals at AB Mindworks will help you train your mind to immediately recognise and eliminate any negative thoughts before they begin to impact performance. Contact us to learn more.