Hypnosis and Sports

Sports Hypnosis refers to the uses of Hypnotherapy to enhance sports performance. Hypnosis in sports has a therapeutic and performance-enhancing function.

Hypnosis is used in many professions, such as medicine, psychotherapy, dentistry and sports.  Sports hypnosis has been studied with in the field of sports psychology but not until around the 1950’s.  The research examines the impact of the psychological variables on the athlete’s performance.  Here are some of the abstracts on Hypnosis and Sports Performance, there is  a wide range of sporting activities listed here : http://www.sportshypnosis.org.uk/research.

Hypnosis may do for the mind what physical activity does for the body of the athlete.  The theory of sports Hypnosis is that relaxation is the key to improve sports performance and athletes may perform better if they are able to relax mentally and focus on the task at hand.  Hypnosis may help athletes retain relaxation during practice and competition.  Hypnosis may also help to control the anxiety and manage stress in athletes.  Many times athletes get stuck or feel blocked and are not able to perform as they know they can.  Hypnotherapy may be able to help the athlete release the block to enhance their performance.

The benefits of using hypnosis helps the athletes handle personal challenges that would otherwise negatively affect their sports performance. Hypnosis helps to reinforce already established goals of the athlete, help the athlete to handle nervousness before and during the performance, help them to perform calm, relaxed, manage stress, increase concentration, eliminate distractions, increase performance and motivation, and improve bodily awareness.

A few of athletes that have had major success with the uses of Hypnosis and their information:  Micheal Jordon basketball, Marylou Retton Olympic Gymnast, Tiger Woods, and Kevin McBride who is known for beating Mike Tyson.

Hypnosis is often seen as away to prep an athlete before the game. Concentration and focus become easy when one enters the right mental state. A hypnotherapist will work with an athlete to calm their mind and rid it of distractions that can get in the way of game-play. One of the biggest names to use sport hypnotherapy is Michael Jordan. This basketball star used hypnotherapy before every game to improve his mental stamina. The whole Chicago Bulls team incorporated hypnotherapy into their pregame sessions to center themselves and gain an edge over their opponents.

Winning an Olympic medal is a huge feat. Olympic athletes train constantly and dedicate themselves to their craft. Olympic athlete Mary Lou Retton used sport hypnosis to help bring a gold, and many other medals, home to the United States. Mary Lou Retton’s style of hypnosis involved picturing her routines in her head. She would visualize her performance and convince her mind that she could achieve the idea in her head. She saw a flawless routine in her head every night, and when she went onto the mat she was able to execute her routine the same way she envisioned it playing out in her mind. Her brain trained her body to believe she could achieve a perfect routine. This approach led her to victory and a gold medal. Many other Olympic athletes also practice hypnosis. The Russian gymnastic team has been bring hypnotherapists to the Olympic games for years.

Tiger Woods has had a long and prestigious golfing career. He is arguably one of the greatest golfers in American history. He is able to make shots that no one else can, and many people marvel at his technique. Tiger Woods has been a disciple of sport hypnosis since he was 13. He uses sport hypnosis to calm his mind before golfing matches. He frees his mind from worry and pressure, and this technique allows him to perform better. Hypnosis is often used for this cause. If one clears one’s mind from distractions, then they can focus solely on the game. This allows an individual to devote all their concentration to the game, so they can play better.

Any athlete can use this technique to improve their game. Boxer Kevin McBride is known for beating Mike Tyson in a championship fight. The boxer used hypnosis to uncover his full potential. The subconscious mind is thought to have a huge amount of untapped power. The brain does not function at its full potential during every moment of the day. Sport hypnosis helps athletes channel more of their brain power when they play. Anyone can call upon this power and use more of their mind. Using more of one’s mind can help an athlete achieve new records and accomplish things they had not done before.http://www.sporthypnosis.org/sport-hypnosis/how-famous-athletes-use-sport-hypnosis/

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