Sport Hypnosis & Mental Health Training for Sports
“Sports hypnosis refers to the use of hypnotherapy with athletes in order to enhance sporting performance. Hypnosis in sports has therapeutic and performance-enhancing functions.The mental state of athletes during training and competition is said to impact performance. Hypnosis is a form of mental training and can therefore contribute to enhancing athletic execution.
The use of hypnosis in sports offers the following potential benefits that may help athletes handle personal challenges that would otherwise negatively affect sporting performance. Hypnosis:
- Helps to reinforce established sporting goals
- Aids athletes to better handle nervousness
- Contributes to relaxation
- Facilitates stress management
- Managing fear of failure or success
- Increases concentration
- Eliminates sports phobia responses
- Provides the ability to eliminate distractions
- Assists in controlling pain
- Increases performance motivation
- Improves bodily awareness”
“Hypnosis is one of several techniques that athletes may employ to accomplish their sporting goals and it is equally beneficial to coaches as well as athletes. Hypnosis may do for the mind what physical activity does for the body of an athlete. Hypnosis may help athletes attain relaxation during practise and competition. Hypnosis may also help to control anxiety and manage stress in athletes. Athletes may develop auto-response to pre-established stimuli which is geared towards achieving optimal performance levels. Sports Hypnosis can also eliminate phobic responses, such as ‘Trigger Freeze’ in the Clay Pigeon Shooter, ‘Target Panic’ in the Archer and Fears of further injury in sports people following injury”
Kaicho Peyman NikNazar is not only a notable martial arts instructor and the head instructor of PNN Martial Arts, but his is a fully qualified clinical hypnotherapist as well. He is the director of Australian PNN Strategic Psychotherapy and Hypnotherapy Clinics (www.PNNHypnotherapy.com.au and www.PNNPsychotherapy.com.au)
(Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sports_hypnosis)
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