Sports Hypnotherapy

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The following article has been kindly supplied by Gary Baker BSc(Hons)Psych DHP(NC) Dip.SportsPsych MNRHP www.sportshypnosis.org.uk

Sports Hypnotherapy

For both elite and amateur athletes, regardless of their sport, the desire for constant improvement is a characteristic that inspires them to be their best. On-the-field practical training alone however is often not enough for these aspirations, and off-the-field mental development is now widely considered to be an essential part of any sportsperson’s training regime.

As sports professionalism increases around the world, and athletes enjoy the opportunity to train fulltime, it is fast becoming recognised that psychology in sport can be a great asset to both individuals and teams, and many coaches are now turning to sports psychologists to help them get the best out of their athletes. Using imagery and visualisation, relaxation techniques and goal setting as standard tools is now commonplace in many sports, and these and many other psychological tools can be greatly enhanced with the use of hypnosis. Sports Hypnotherapy uses sports psychology and hypnosis to help you enhance your mental strength, overcome sporting injuries, and improve your performance, focus and concentration in both training and competition.

Some of the main areas where sports hypnosis is of particular benefit are listed below, however this list is not exhaustive and individual athletes may have quite specific issues that are affecting their performance.

  • Competition Nerves
  • Performance Enhancement
  • Motivation for Training/Competition
  • Recovering from Injuries
  • Building Confidence
  • Improving Focus & Concentration
  • Overcoming Mental Blocks
  • Managing Emotions

Of course it’s not just on-field problems that affect athletes and their performances. Typically non-sport issues such as insomnia, stress, phobias and traumas can all hinder your best efforts, but these can equally be effectively dealt with using Hypnotherapy. As sports become ever more competitive, and those participating get better and better, the mental side of sport is going to become even more important. Sports Hypnotherapy is ideally placed to provide you with these mental skills, and take your performance to the next level.

About Gary Baker:

Gary Baker BSc(Hons)Psych DHP(NC) Dip.SportsPsych MNRHP is a mental coach and sports hypnotherapist, and the Director of The Centre for Sports Hypnosis, which provides information, training and research into sports hypnosis and related fields. For more information, please see www.sportshypnosis.org.uk