Sport psychology is the cutting edge of performance enhancement for athletes of any age. For years, strength and conditioning coaches, athletic trainers, and position coaches have helped athletes prepare for competition and maintain high levels of performance. However, the most important factor of playing at the top of one’s potential lies with the athlete’s mental fortitude.
The most skilled and talented athlete in a particular sport will lose, and lose consistently, to an opponent of lesser skill if he or she is not mentally strong. Bad plays, embarrassing decisions, unfortunate calls; these are commonplace in sport. An athlete and a team that can stay present, regain focus, and play to the very best of their ability each and every play will see success. Coaches and trainers are vital to an athlete’s preparation by increasing their strength, keeping them healthy, and teaching them strategy. However, when the game is on the line and pressure is at its highest, techniques taught by a sport psychology coach can be invaluable to athletes' success.