What our sport psychologists do
Some athletes seek help from a sport psychologist or other exercise and sports psychology professional when they have a problem.
They might become anxious or lose focus during competition, for example. They might have trouble communicating with teammates, controlling their temper, or even just motivating themselves to exercise. Or they might choke at key moments during a game.
But athletes don’t just consult sports psychologists when they’re having difficulties. Sport psychologists can also help athletes:
- Enhance performance. Various mental strategies, such as visualization, self-talk, and relaxation techniques, can help athletes overcome obstacles and achieve their full potential.
- Cope with the pressures of competition. Sport psychologists can help athletes at all levels deal with pressure from parents, coaches, or even their own expectations.
- Recover from injuries. After an injury, athletes may need help tolerating pain, adhering to their physical therapy regimens, or adjusting to being sidelined.
- Keep up an exercise program. Even those who want to exercise regularly may find themselves unable to fulfill their goal. Sport psychologists can help these individuals increase their motivation and tackle any related concerns.
- Enjoy sports. Educate coaches about how to help kids enjoy sports and how to promote healthy self-esteem in participants.
Sports psychology can even help people off the playing field. The same strategies that sport psychologists teach athletes—relaxation techniques, mental rehearsals and cognitive restructuring, for example—are also useful in the workplace and other settings.
“According to Psychologists, there are four types of Intelligence:
1) Intelligence Quotient (IQ)
2) Emotional Quotient (EQ)
3) Social Quotient (SQ)
4) Adversity Quotient (AQ)
1. Intelligence Quotient (IQ): this is the measure of your level of comprehension. You need IQ to solve maths, memorize things, and recall lessons.
2. Emotional Quotient (EQ): this is the measure of your ability to maintain peace with others, keep to time, be responsible, be honest, respect boundaries, be humble, genuine and considerate.
3. Social Quotient (SQ): this is the measure of your ability to build a network of friends and maintain it over a long period of time.
People that have higher EQ and SQ tend to go further in life than those with a high IQ but low EQ and SQ. Most schools capitalize on improving IQ levels while EQ and SQ are played down.
A man of high IQ can end up being employed by a man of high EQ and SQ even though he has an average IQ.
Your EQ represents your Character, while your SQ represents your Charisma. Give in to habits that will improve these three Qs, especially your EQ and SQ.
Now there is a 4th one, a new paradigm:
4. The Adversity Quotient (AQ): The measure of your ability to go through a rough patch in life, and come out of it without losing your mind.
When faced with troubles, AQ determines who will give up, who will abandon their family, and who will consider suicide.
Parents please expose your children to other areas of life than just Academics. They should adore manual labour (never use work as a form of punishment), Sports and Arts.
Develop their IQ, as well as their EQ, SQ and AQ. They should become multifaceted human beings able to do things independently of their parents.
Finally, do not prepare the road for your children. Prepare your children for the road.”