Category: Sports Psychology


Sports Psychology Triumphing


College athletics is now a growing portion of athletes turning to psychologists who understand the demands of sports.  In this reading from ESPN the story of a James Madison University outfielder is told as his 2006 season was truly remarkable.  His own reasoning for his success: the University’s sport psychologist.  This case study helps to correct the stigma of athletes being considered “weak” for seeing psychologists.  The changing of attitudes for this type of psychology is leading to more and more success of athletes at any level

 

 

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncaa/news/story?id=2543474

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Sports Aptitude, a psychological firm that pertains to mostly professional athletes, is highlighted with their massive data pool of NBA players who are tested on their likeliness to succeed.  Much like the Meyers-Briggs test, the sports aptitude test simply portrays what they are named: how likely players are to succeed.  I find that basing athletic success solely on a test is a little odd, but they are claiming their test is significant.  Many Professional athletes have participated in the test, while most of them also are clients of Sports Aptitudes athletic psychologists.  This firm is truly groundbreaking, basing solely on the athlete.

 

http://espn.go.com/blog/truehoop/post/_/id/30517/putting-draft-prospects-to-the-psych-test


Well known  Oregon State University psychologist Greg Warburton discusses his personal methods that his student athletes use.  In the 2007 college world series a pitcher used his Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT’s) while on national television and continued on to win the game.  His methods clearly improve the well-being of his athletes

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2wPML-AxSo


‘I’m proof that hope is never lost’

This truely inspirational article in ESPN magazine talks about the world famous career of Texas Ranger outfielder Josh Hamilton.  Josh Hamilton was said to “have it all” before drugs took over his life and forced him out of professional baseball.  ESPN’s magazine covers his miraculous comeback and of his nature to continue living his life clean.  “I live by a simple philosophy: Nobody can insult me as much as I’ve insulted myself. I’ve learned that I have to keep doing the right things and not worry about what people think.” Hamilton’s thoughts and perceptions are shifted because he is a regular visitor with a psychologist.  Although he felt psychologists at psychology clinics were no good, he still see’s his own personal doctor regularly.

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=2926447


Too Much Stress for Little Leaguers?

This insightful article posts the serious question of whether the National broadcast and pressure put on young athletes (12 and under) at the annual little league world series is truly too much for children.  With day to day broadcasts on the nationwide networks of ESPN and ABC I believe that it is truly too much for such young athletes.  A simple mistake in any of these high stakes games may leave a child scarred for life, along with being able to relive the memory in full HDTV.  I believe this event should be toned down; cutthroat parents and packed stands are visuals that should be saved for professionals, not children.


This article depicts the sources of major motivation found in most athletes.  The biggest point i noticed was the inclusion of an athletes heart

The heart of motivation. A final point about motivation. The techniques I’ve just described are effective in increasing your short-term motivation. Motivation, though, is not something that can be given to you. Rather, motivation must ultimately come from within. You must simply want to participate in your sport. You just have to want it really bad.

Head turner for sport psychology


This article by the Seattle Times showcases a true horror of the psychologiucal torment an athlete at the professional level may go through

This young pitcher took his own life over bieng traded for a bunch of baseball bats in a San Fransciso Giants minor league system. LINK below

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/mariners/2008809605_batman04.html