I might be biased, but I do believe that the best sport psychology candidates are those who have partaken in an elite sport or performance domain (like competitive dance or professional music). I am a firm believer in the sport psychology consultant using their as-lived, phenomenological experience from their own sporting experience to really relate to and provide hands-on tools to the athlete. Kind of like a ‘been-there-done-that’ phenomenon: the consultant has already been there themselves, so they have a better understanding of what tool will make the difference with the athlete/high performer. This is not to say that you have to have been an elite athlete/performer to be an expert sport psychologist, I just happen to think those that have competed in an elite sport or its equivalent have a leg up.
It is also important to eliminate distractions. Football requires total concentration in order to play your best. While you are playing the game, your mind must be free of all negative thoughts and distractions. You may have had a bad interaction with your wife or girlfriend or you may have received bad news that you have to take care of after the game; but for the time you are playing, you must concentrate on the game 100%; not your wife, girlfriend or even the bad news your received. This is a tall order, however during the time you are on the field you have to be totally commitment to the game, developing your football mind and mental toughness will help you eliminate distractions for those few hours.
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