In this book there are no magic formulas, but concepts, ideas and conclusions generated in sessions with athletes. It describes the basis of the psychology of performance applied to sport which, as a discipline within psychology, seeks to make human actions effective.
Sports performance is a consequence of mental health. This highlights the relationship between clinical psychology and sport psychology. To feel better we must act better, and we must reconsider which of our actions are causing a poor performance.
The psychology of sport allows us to question and denaturalize things that we take as natural. However convinced we are of our way of acting, we have to review our thoughts if our goals or our ideal situation do not match our reality. This gap between our objectives and the current situation we are experiencing indicates that there is a problem that can be addressed by psychology.
In the sessions developed with the athletes not only were taken into account the individual characteristics of each person, but observed the behaviors in their links with other people. The performance of a sports team depends not only on the individual qualities and abilities, but also on the relationship between the members, since they define the nature and functioning of each team. Just as we can not explain the dynamics of a family by taking individual qualities into account separately, we can not explain the functioning of a sports team without taking into account the links between its members.
Individual or group performance is affected by something that precedes it and one is not always able to attribute reasons to this performance. The psychology of sport is able to detect and make visible the causes by which the results are good or bad. It is not a method focused on past actions but a logic that analyzes the phenomena in their consequences and provides the athlete with an anticipatory criterion. This allows you to avoid those practices that negatively affect performance and voluntarily discover and repeat actions that positively impact.
Although the concepts that appear in this book arise from concrete cases, where each individual has a particular reality, with unique characteristics, in them are contained the principles of mental performance applied to the sport. Each reader can apply these principles to their particular reality to understand the tactics and strategy that will allow them to achieve the goals that are proposed.
Although in this book there seem to be opposing concepts, each of them is valid in certain contexts. It is not necessary to read in order, but each one can turn to his subjects of interest or recover the above when he thinks necessary. This book describes the role of sport psychology and counseling, as well as concepts about situations that arise before a competition, during and after it.
The purpose of this book is to provide the reader with the latest advances in sports psychology, to help him become aware of the thoughts he has incorporated and that affect his way of acting and, consequently, the results obtained. In this way, you will be able to break with your mental structures that negatively affect your performance.
This book is dedicated to all my clients who shared their stories to rethink and try to improve, to turn their dreams into visions, to unlock their originality and initiatives and to develop their potential. I hope you enjoy it and it will be of benefit to you. The comments, questions, contributions and questions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org