The Visual

Check out these videos to see in action concepts and techniques from the field of Sport Performance Psychology and Mental Skills Training. The videos posted provide you with some insight into mental skills training and the field of sport psychology. There are a multitude of videos out there, below is a sample of a few of the many.

Anxiety is Not the Bad Guy

With so many athletes facing the challenges of anxiety, I tried to debunk the myth that anxiety is the bad guy. This seminar was presented as part of a Coaches Association of Ontario program called Changing the Game Changing the Conversation, which focused on the development of female coaches in the province of Ontario. The seminar highlights ways in which we can help athletes manage their emotions and enhance performance.


Importance of Sport Psychology

What are the psychological rituals that athletes use in preparation for the big game? Do they work? How do top athletes get in the zone? Watch this video.


The Power of Smiling

How is smiling related to sport performance? Smiling can make you feel better about yourself and reduce stress levels, both mentally and physically. Have you ever felt sport-related stress or anxiety? A BIG smile can be the key to reducing the negative impact of anxiety and increase your self-confidence. Take a look at this great Ted Talk by Ron Gutman.


Responding to Stress Like a Lobster

Here's a great short video about responding to stress. Sometimes it's about taking a new perspective on things.


Lobsters...A friend sent me this. Thought it was an interestin...

Lobsters...A friend sent me this. Thought it was an interesting twist of viewing/dealing with stress!

Posted by Pat Divilly on Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Success Is Not An Accident

An inspirational piece on Stephen Curry, narrated by Alan Stein. It's about doing BIG things once or twice, it's about making the small choices every day because those are the right choices. Over time, these small daily choices create a habit of excellence that will set the foundation for success.


Sport Imagery

In the following video Dr. Natascha Wesch discusses the use of imagery in sport. This video captures a seminar entitled 'Illusion in Sport, which was held at Fanshawe College, London ON.


Positive Psychology for Athletes

We are taught in sport (and life) to work on our weaknesses and improve them to make us stronger. It is not that this is wrong, but there are other (better?) ways to enhance performance. In this Ted Talk, Shawn Achor discussed the impact of positive psychology and provides tips and tools to enhance a positive mindset.

Shawn Achor is the winner of over a dozen distinguished teaching awards at Harvard University, where he delivered lectures on positive psychology in the most popular class at Harvard.


David Epstein: Are athletes really getting faster, better, stronger?

When you look at sporting achievements over the last decades, it seems like humans have gotten faster, better and stronger in nearly every way. Yet as David Epstein points out in this delightfully counter-intuitive talk, we might want to lay off the self-congratulation. Many factors are at play in shattering athletic records, and the development of our natural talents is just one of them. So, ensuring that athletes cover all the bases of sport performance means not only tapping in to the physical and technical aspects of sport, but just as important is the psychological side of sport.


Sport Psychology Basics

A brief overview of the importance of sport psychology use by high performance athletes. How to achieve success is not a secret; you simply have to be willing to put in the time and energy to learn the mental, physical, technical and tactical skills of sport.


Sport Psych in a Nutshell

This is a great video that reviews the various concepts of sport psychology. The video provides an overview of what is sport psychology, how mental skills can be developed and used, and what separates each individual athlete or performer.


Fake It 'Till You Make It

You've heard the saying before: "Fake it 'til you make it." Does it work? If so, how? In this video, Social Psychologist Amy Cuddy, talks about the power of body language and how it affects the way others perceive us, and how our very own body language affects how we feel about ourselves. This important information can be applied to your sport performance. Strike a power pose for two minutes before you compete or before you go into tryouts. It's that simple, and that could be the difference between a good performance and a great performance!


What is sport psych?

Brief and concise video on the basics of sport psychology. This video covers a few basic mental skills and how they can influence performance.


Pre-Game Visualisation

This video captures Mike Cammalleri's pre-game visualisation routine (2010, when with the Montreal Canadiens). The majority of athletes use some form of visualisation or imagery to enhance sport performance. Imagery or visualisation is an extremely powerful and effective skill that can be learned by anyone.


The Tiger Zone

Tiger Woods is arguably on of the world's best golfers. His physical and technical game is superior to most, and he has trained his mind to enable complete focus. Find out more about 'The Tiger Zone' in this video.