Mental Performance Seminar - Dec. 6th

Come out to Podium Sports Medicine on December 6th at 6pm for a fun and informational seminar about the importance of Mental Performance Coaching.  Too many athletes neglect the psychologic aspect of athletic performance, but it is a huge determinant of success.  Emily Johnson, from UT's Sport Psychology department will be offering a free seminar to teach you how to better maximize your potential.

Holistic Training, Performance, and Rehabilitation

In whatever sport you are passionate about (swimming, cycling, running, triathlon, Olympic lifting, etc), you have spent countless hours physically training your body to function at its highest level. You also may have dedicated time toward dialing in your nutrition, and focusing on injury management and prevention. All of these facets of sport performance are incredibly important. However, I’m sure you’ve also been in positions like nervously staring across the water at the start of a triathlon, questioning your abilities in the middle of a marathon, or gazing up at the ceiling while rehabbing an injury.

·      What piece of the performance puzzle is missing?

·      Where do you go from here?

·      How do you maximize your potential?

Mental Skills Training

Mental skills training, a significant aspect of sport psychology, is different from clinical mental healthcare (which, of course, is important). Mental skills training focuses on harnessing the power of the mind to work for you in sport and in life. It is the final piece of the performance puzzle!

Have you ever…

·      Been so nervous that you “self-sabotaged” your performance (choked during a race, failed to pace correctly, finished an event knowing you could have done better)?

·      Lost confidence in yourself during and/or after an injury?

·      Had trouble feeling motivated to train or workout?

·      Allowed one poor performance influence future performance(s)?

This list can continue for quite some time, but the point is we’ve all been there. We have all lost our nerve, had doubts, and struggled with wanting to continue doing something we thought we loved. There is good news! Whether you are a recreational athlete or an elite performer, everyone can benefit from improving, strengthening, and training their mental skills.

Mental skills training can help you…

·      Enhance mental toughness and resilience

·      Cultivate self-confidence

·      Manage stress, pressure, and nervousness during performance or injury rehabilitation

·      Believe in your ability to accomplish your sport and life goals

·      Develop focus necessary for maximizing performance

·      Maintain consistency in training, performance and/or injury rehabilitation

The journey toward maximizing your potential can start now!

Emily Johnson is a graduate student at the University of Tennessee completing her masters of science in kinesiology - sport psychology and motor behavior. In addition to taking classes in performance, health, and injury psychology, Emily has worked with several athletes in the community on refining essential mental skills for sport performance. In her free time, like many of you, she enjoys subjecting herself to the joys of endurance suffering! For more information about mental skills training contact her at ejohn112@vols.utk.edu.