How RTT is the perfect fit for Sport and Performance Therapy.

“It’s not the winning, it’s the taking part that counts”. I can still hear my mother’s voice consoling me after I had spectacularly crashed out of my junior school sports day sack race, falling on my face and embarrassing myself. Never a strong sportswoman, my experience of school sports was more about enthusiasm rather than talent.  

So, it is with some bemusement that I now find myself called upon to help a young person with anxiety around playing their sport. She was looking for a sport and performance therapist, so I got her booked in for a free call to begin with. We then worked on the triggers of her sport anxiety and fear of failure on the pitch and she left with an audio to listen to for 21 days.

Are you following Wimbledon at the moment? Maybe you’re about to enjoy the Women’s football Euros competition, I can assure you each of these athletes and sporting successes have no doubt had some form of sport and performance therapy, sport mindset coaching or psychotherapy as it’s a critical part of being a successful sports player.

There is a conundrum in life,  whereby the better you get at a sport, whether it be tennis, football, golf, cricket or netball, the more people start to notice you, to watch you and then it becomes more of a big deal if you don’t play so well, or you feel that you might fail.  The stakes get raised.  Everything becomes less about fun and enjoyment, and more about winning and losing. 

Performance anxiety can be triggered by getting pretty good at what you do, and a fear that you might not be able to keep it up, or maybe you’ll make a fool of yourself by trying to get better.  However, you can’t get better without playing, and without putting yourself out there.  And sometimes you win and other times you get beaten. It’s all part of the game right?

No wonder then that the big teams and champions take on mentors, psychology coaches and mindset experts, because when all those anxieties begin to appear, the player can feel overwhelmed by them. In turn, their confidence and performance in the game is affected .  

RTT Hypnotherapy is a great option for sport and performance therapy because it is effectively like athlete mindset training.  Rather than focusing on the aspects that cause anxiety, we train the mind to shift focus back onto enjoying playing again. When it becomes about the love and excitement to simply play, the exhilaration of getting out and running, the joy of participating and the fun and laughter which comes with the endorphin rush, and the person’s focus is not about the results, and certainly nothing to do with other people’s judgements, it becomes possible to be free of anxiety around performance, and free of concern about making a fool of oneself.

In the words of Rudyard Kipling in his poem… 

“If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster and treat those imposters just the same”

In the words of Rudyard Kipling in his poem… 

“If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster and treat those imposters just the same”

Your success becomes not about winning or losing, but about how you played the game, and whether you showed up with love, generosity and enthusiasm. In turn you’ll be playing at your peak performance. It’s not always easy to do this without first understanding what is triggering the strong emotional feelings and the anxiety, but it’s worth spending some time exploring and finding out, and then mastering them, so that you have control over them, and at that point you can be free to concentrate on improving your game and performing at your best.

The young lady that I mentioned above told me just 2 weeks after our session, ‘I don’t know what’s happened to me! I was on fire! I didn’t get a stomach ache on the way to my football match and I didn’t want the game to end, I scored a few goals and felt much stronger. I wasn’t focusing on the spectators so much and more on the game. I listened to the audio at bedtime for a few weeks. It’s made a huge difference, thank you Tammy!

Part of every day sporting life is physiotherapy, sport massage, muscle training and fitness. You get injured and tend to seek help immediately. However, the mind is often forgotten. It’s essential to train the mind too, the mind and body are connected so in turn it can help your physical health too.

I work with sports people to achieve their personal performance goals as well as improving their mental health. This works equally well for adults and teenagers. You can read some of my testimonials here.

Some things I can help with:

– Mindset and focus

– Fear of failure

– Stress and anxiety

– Coping with pressures

– Living with/recovering from injury

– Sporting burnout

– Dealing with disappointment

– Destructive behaviour

– Loss of pleasure

– Addictions

– Relationship issues

– Transitioning from sport

If you are experiencing any of the above and you want to improve your sporting performance you can book in for a free discovery call with me.

We work together to discover the issues you’re experiencing and what’s affecting your sports performance and transform this to allow you to perform and feel at your 100% best.

If you are experiencing any of the above and you want to improve your sporting performance you can book in for a free discovery call with me.

We work together to discover the issues you’re experiencing and what’s affecting your sports performance and transform this to allow you to perform and feel at your 100% best.

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