Mental Skills Training (MST) 

As your sport and performance psychologist there are few facts about sport psychology, performance psychology, and mental skills training that could help you understand the benefits of having me apart of your support and training team.

  • Mental Skills Training (MST) is synonymous with “psychological skills training” and “mental conditioning.”
  • Many people mistakenly think that MST offers a quick fix to psychological problems or “mental block” in sport. Sometimes athletes and coaches expect to learn how to concentrate or to stay calm under pressure in one or two lessons. However, MST takes time and practice to develop. MST is not magic. It won’t turn an average player into a superstar, but it will help athletes reach their potential and maximize their abilities.
  • MST are procedures that help athletes control their minds efficiently and consistently as they execute sport related goals.
  • MST techniques help athletes make adjustments to their actions, thoughts, feelings, and physical sensations to improve their game and sport performance.
  • Mental skills, such as developing effective self talk, are shown in studies to enhance endurance performance.
  • Developing mental toughness via MST greatly influences athlete finishing time, and among the variables influencing performance (fitness, weather, and nutrition), mental toughness accounts for 14% of the outcome.
  • MST helps an athlete develop coping skills which are very important in aiding an athlete to a full and healthy recovery from injury. Mental imagery, relaxation, positive self-talk, and goal setting are examples of coping skills that influence positive behavioral and emotional outcomes such as anxiety reduction and positive outlook from injury.
  • Athletes and players can use MST techniques to help build self-confidence, set goals, and manage  stress. They can use imagery and visualization to work on game skills to improve focus, concentration, and attention.
  • MST can also help athletes with problems outside of sport that may impact their performance in sport.
  • Substantial scholarly research, as well as anecdotal reports from athletes and coaches, indicates that psychological skills do in fact enhance performance (e.g., Greenspan & Feltz, 1989; Morris & Thomas, 2004; Weinberg & Comar, 1994).
  • The best and most effective individual mental skill programs are often tailored and individualized and take inconsideration the individual athlete’s needs, strengths, weakness, and goals.

If you are interested in discussing how MST can benefit your sport performance contact Dr.G for a free consult today!