The Importance of Mental Skills Training


The Importance of Mental Skills Training

Many of you have heard the quote that sports are 90% mental and know that it’s one’s mindset, or mental skills, that have a significant impact on performance.

The key word here is “skills”!

Much like physical skills, these are mental skills that need to be intentionally practiced and trained in order for you to be prepared for your next clutch moment.

How you think and how you feel can change instantaneously and is the greatest contributor to inconsistent performance.

You need to plan and practice how you want to handle and think during different performance scenarios.

It is also important to know that these skills are not a one size fits all; so take time to figure out what techniques best works for you.

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Désarée Festa, Ph.D., CC-AASP
Dr. Désarée Festa is a Sport & Performance Psychologist who specializes working with elite athletes, retired competitive athletes, and high level performers.Her sports experience includes working with Professional, Collegiate, Olympic/Team USA, and International level athletes and organizations. She also works with Corporations, working professionals, and individuals in the performing arts.Dr. Desaree helps her clients gain the competitive edge in their sport/careers by strengthening their mental resilience through performance enhancement techniques, research-based approaches, and cutting-edge biofeedback technology. She also helps her clients with the challenges of life that may or may not be impacting their sport/performance.Her goal is to optimize her clients’ life & performance.


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