Taking Practice Confidence to Games The number one reason a soccer player or coach contacts a mental game coach for soccer is because a player performs better in practice than in competition. This is a telltale sign that you or your athlete is struggling with their mental game. What does it look like when you can’t take your practice game to competition? Do you play freely and relaxed in … [Read more...] about Do You Perform Better in Practice Than in Games?
Soccer Psychology Articles
Overcoming The Stigma of Using Sports Psychologists Many players have a fear that other athletes or teammates will see them as weak if they work with a sports psychologist for soccer. Are you or any of your athletes hesitant about mental training? Myths about sports psychology can prevent athletes from developing a strong mental game. Even though sports psychology has become more widely … [Read more...] about Are You Weak if You Use a Sports Psychologist?
How to Mentally Preparation Before A Game Playing in a big soccer game can present several mental game challenges for soccer players. You have trained all year round and the end of the season tournaments often count the most for high school, club, or college teams. The pressure to perform increases during these times and mental preparation is more important than ever. Pressure can cause you to … [Read more...] about Mental Preparation Before Big Soccer Games
Composure in Soccer Players Like most high-level athletes, you probably HATE to make mistakes. When you have high expectations for your performance, it makes it hard to stay composed. Your competitive drive pushes you to further develop your physical and technical ability. However, some athletes who maintain extremely high expectations are prone to become frustrated and dwell on their … [Read more...] about Soccer Players Who Stay Composed
The Benefits of Soccer Psychology For Parents In our work with athletes at Peak Performance Sports we teach mental training strategies to soccer players, coaches, or teams. However, an important support group to players is often left out of mental game training -- sports parents! Parents play a very important role in the development of a positive and strong mental game for soccer … [Read more...] about Why Parents Need Soccer Psychology Too
The Importance of Soccer Psychology Jaki Hitzelberger, co-creator of SoccerPsychologyTips.com, grew up in Orlando, Florida where she played competitive soccer throughout her life. Jaki played both division 1 and division 2 college soccer and was a scholarship athlete. Jaki earned a masters in Mental Health Counseling and specializes in Sports Psychology. Her lifetime experience in soccer has … [Read more...] about Sports Psychology for Soccer: The Missing Link