What Do Mental Game Coaches Do For Athletes?
Is something lacking from your training that is holding you back from your potential?
Are you looking to jump start your play on the soccer field? Are you searching for some competitive edge over your competition?
In order for you (or your athletes) to play your best, you need to train your best.
It isn’t enough to play scrimmages, work a few drills, and condition your body.
If you are not conditioning your mind, in conjunction with your physical training, you will not be optimally trained and prepared to play your best.
How do you condition your mind?
Let’s flip that question and determine how do you get physically stronger?
Some soccer players hit the weight room with their strength coach, some players work with conditioning coaches to improve their aerobic capacity and some players train with speed and agility coaches to improve their quickness.
To gain mental toughness, many elite soccer players seek the help of Sport Psychologists and Mental Game Coaches.
Mental Game Coaches assist soccer players in all the mental facets of the game:
- Building confidence
- Managing of game-time emotions
- Focusing, goal-setting
- Developing effective practice habits
- Competing with a positive mindset
- Overcoming negativity
- Managing anxiety
- Pushing past comfort
- Playing at an overall higher level
A vast number of soccer players, both elite and professional, recognize the importance of a stronger mental game and devote a lot of time towards developing mental toughness.
Adam Bogdan is a goalkeeper for Liverpool FC goalkeeper. Bogdan knew it was critical to improve his mental toughness so he solicited the help of a Sports Psychologist.
BOGDAN: “For me, that [working with a Sport Psychologist] was a big step in my career. It’s made a huge difference to me. When I got relegated with Bolton (in 2012), there was so much going on in my mind, I needed to clear it up.”
For Bogdan distractions interfered with his play:
- Letting in a bad goal
- Criticism from the media
- Negative opinions of others,
- Opponents trying to knock him off his game
- All the daily hassles off the soccer field in his personal life
Working with a Sport Psychologist helped Bogdan improve his competitive focus by allowing him only to attend to those things he can control in the moment.
BOGDAN: “Speaking to someone just simplifies what I need to focus on and what I don’t need to focus on… there are so many other things going on that you can become distracted, especially if you’re like me, trying to be perfect all the time! That’s something the sports psychologist has helped a lot with, putting aside the things you can’t control and worrying about the things that you can.”
You should work on all the physical aspects of performance but soccer is also a mental game.
If you want to get to the next level, if you want an edge over the opposition, you need to train your mind.
Important tip for being mentally prepared on the pitch:
Research the importance on mental training. List 3-4 aspects of your game that could improve with mental training. Take some time imagining the difference a strong mental game would have on your play on the field.
If you are unsure about how to approach improving your mental game, start with downloading our free one-page mental game test. Here’s the the download page:
Download and complete the test. Email your results to us for a quick evaluation.
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~Diana, Michelle’s Mother
Do You Make Any of These ‘Costly’ Mental Game Mistakes?
Download our FREE soccer psychology report and discover if you make any of these ‘costly’ mental game mistakes that can block your success.
- How your soccer mind can be your best or worst asset on the field.
- How frustration and dwelling are your worst enemy.
- If you are using your soccer mindset effectively before games.
- Learn the important mental game of soccer skills you need to master to boost your confidence and performance.
What are soccer psychology subscribers saying?
“We try and spend 20 to 30 minutes a day working on the mental aspects of the game. My daughter is really enjoying it and feels it has helped and I know it has worked for her mother and I. I think you need to open a branch up here in Detroit, Michigan because there are a lot of parents and kids up here that need this information. Keep up the good work!”
~Scott Burgess, Soccer Parent
Mental Game Coaching for Soccer Players
Master mental game coach Dr. Patrick Cohn can help you overcome your mental game issues with personal coaching.
You can work with Dr. Patrick Cohn himself in Orlando, Florida or via Skype, FaceTime, or telephone. Call us toll free at 888-742-7225 or contact us for more information about the different coaching programs we offer!
We look forward to helping you improve your mental toughness!
What are our mental coaching students saying?
“I have enjoyed and benefited from your emails over the past year or two. I have been a player, parent, and coach in soccer over the past 40 years. Thanks for the assistance with the mental game resources.”
~Kyle Congleton, Soccer Coach and Parent