Sports & Exercise

What do sports and exercise have to do with my mental Health?

Mental factors influence and are influenced by participation and performance in sport, exercise, and physical activity.

Participation in sports, exercise, and physical activity enhances personal development and well-being throughout the life span.

For the professional or high performance athlete, you may seek aid from a therapist or seek a sports psychologist. You may do this to improve performance. This is the most common reason for consulting a sport psychology professional. In general, performance may be enhanced through the teaching of mental strategies that either refine the practices of effective performers or help ineffective performers overcome obstacles that prevent them from reaching their potential.

• Athletes at all levels seek help in dealing with the pressures of competition. Such pressures may stem from parental and/or coach expectations as well as the athlete's own expectations regarding performance.

• To provide psychological assistance with injury rehabilitation. Victims of injuries may request assistance with adjusting to nonparticipant status, adhering to physical therapy, tolerating pain, or other issues.

Encouragement to participate in a sport or regular exercise to overcome depression, stress or abuse is one of the interventions we use at Cross Creek Family Counseling. We want to educate you to:

• The role of psychological factors in sports, exercise, and physical activity to individuals, groups, and organizations. We may, for example, assist with exercise adherence, communication and teamwork.

• Teaching participants specific mental, behavioral, psychosocial, and emotional control skills for sports, exercise, and physical activity contexts. They might, for example, focus on relaxation, concentration, or the use of imagery.

We can use sport and exercise in such areas as coaching, diagnosis and treatment of psychopathology, individual, marital or family therapy , to maximize the overall well-being of sport, exercise, and physical activity participants.

If you are seeking a certified sports psychology professional contact your local colleges or the Association for the Advancement of Applied Sport Psychology.

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