Sports performance hypnosis will
help you achieve your goals!
Sports psychology has been around
for many, many years, even as long ago as the 1950's,
Soviet Olympic teams were employing the services of
hypnotists to greatly enhance their athletes performances,
and in the modern day, sports hypnosis is a rapidly
expanding area of interest the world over.
Without any doubt, it is the mind
that holds the determining factors over just about
all of our performances and behavior, and so it is
in mastering the mind, that the sports-person has
the greatest chance of performing at their personal
We have all heard statements like....."His
mind's just not on the game today"....Or perhaps,
we might have known someone who excels at their sport
when training, yet crumples under the pressure of
competition. Just like those people who drive perfectly
with their tutor, yet get so nervous with the test
examiner, that they fail miserably.
In snooker, and American eight ball
pool for example, there's a classic phrase, 'black
ball pressure', which refers to how the last, and
most important shot of the game, can often cause the
player to play a wild shot. Even though that player
will be amazed afterwards that he could have missed
something that was ordinarily so easy for him.
So hypnosis can play a major role in
helping the sports-person prepare themselves mentally,
and that preparation will typically include a whole
package of approaches, naturally tailored to the sports-persons
requirements, and will nearly always include methods
Overcome self-doubt, mental rehearsal,
positive visualization, encourage rapid healing from
any injury, increase confidence, increase motivation,
perspective changes, develop single mindedness, increased
concentration and focus, eliminate negativity, promote
positive expectation, reduce performance anxiety,
increase self belief, etc.etc!
(To discover how hypnosis/visualisation
can even make you stronger, please read the Mental
Before I finish this article, I would
like to give two examples of how hypnosis has successfully
been used to enhance sports performance.... so I'd
like to begin by mentioning an American basketball
coach who called upon a hypnotist to see if his teams
skill could be enhanced in any way. The hypnotist
sat half of the team down, relaxed them, and instructed
them to visualize throwing shot after successful shot,
at the basket. Meanwhile....the other half of the
team, were practicing throwing their basket shots
The coach noticed that the players who
were simply visualizing throwing successful baskets,
were displaying tiny micro-muscular movements in their
arm and leg muscles, even though they were apparently
relaxing. These tiny muscular movements were taking
place because the players were actually establishing
new neural pathways in their brains, encoding the
mental/physical information needed to produce successful
basket shots, directly into their muscles!
After they had experienced this process
several times over several days, the team had improved
their actual basket shots by nearly 50%, while the
players who'd simply practiced shots at the basket,
had barely improved.
Perhaps one of the most famous examples
of hypnosis assisting a sportsman, is the story of
Rod Carew, one of American baseballs finest. Carew
had suffered an injury, which while technically had
healed, left him nonetheless with some pain (perhaps
psychosomatic, but real enough to him), and an elevated
sense of self doubt. A hypnotist was consulted, and
he was instructed in mastering self hypnosis.
Carew then came back to the best season
of his entire career, with a batting score of almost
.400, and went on to win 'The most valuable player
I always like to stress though, that
hypnosis is not a magic bullet, it will not, and can
not, turn a talent-less athlete into a superstar......hypnosis
will however, amplify the athlete's inherent talent
and abilities, providing a means whereby the athlete
can access as much of their own talent as can be possible.
Finally, all sports, even not-so-physical
pursuits like darts, snooker, and bowling, will require
mental factors of strategy and concentration, which
naturally involve the mind, and as hypnosis is a mind
oriented approach, it can quite literally assist anyone,
and everyone, to get the best out of themselves and
their individual activities!
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