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Sports and mental preparedness

“Many professional athletes talk about how they rehearse routines as part of their preparation, which can improve performance significantly.” - Dr. Sacco

Research has given us a better understanding of how much psychological well-being can affect overall athletic performance, he adds. “Better treatment and management of mental health issues has a bigger impact than we thought, leading to better performance,” he says. And added psychological stress can also affect your body’s ability to rest and repair itself post-performance.

That’s where hypnotherapy comes in. It adds an element to training that leads to better concentration and a reduction in stress that can allow for a more specific focus on performance. “Dealing more effectively with ‘other stuff’ can ultimately help boost performance,” says Dr. Sacco.

How athletes can benefit from hypnotherapy

Most athletes who are open to the idea of reducing stress and honing concentration can benefit from hypnotherapy. When used as a regular part of psychological training, it can become exponentially more helpful.

That can be especially true when athletes are going through a stressful time or recovering from an injury. It may be the first time an athlete is dealing with physical limitations and wondering how he or she will perform in the future. It can be useful for all levels of athletes – from the professional to the school athlete to the “weekend warrior” – dealing with recovery issues.

Today, most professional sports teams employ a sports psychologist to help give athletes the mental concentration they need to succeed. In studying the best athletes and sports stars, it becomes apparent that the common edge they all have in achieving the state of “being in the zone” does, indeed, begin mentally. 

This is often a multifaceted approach that deals with both managing mental health concerns and enhancing mental skills training, ultimately leading to improvements in sports performance.