Sports psychology

Sports psychology is responsible for studying the psychological processes and behavior of a person during the performance of physical activity. It allows us to identify, understand and optimize the internal conditions (personality, key skills) to contribute to an improvement of sports performance and to enhance a good experience of the sport.

 

To achieve sporting excellence, this service contemplates the importance of working with other sports professionals (sports doctor, podiatrist, nutritionist, physiotherapist,) to integrate the athlete’s preparation.

 

We consider it important to help people to live, not only free of the psychopathological or emotional symptomatology that has led them to the consultation, but also that they can live their lives developing their potential to lead a balanced life full of well-being.

 

Likewise, we believe that in order to achieve sporting success it is necessary to incorporate athletic and family environment into work with the athlete. Sometimes in the triad (athlete – family – technicians) divergences appear that difficult the evolution of the athlete. That is why we believe in teamwork, providing guidance and training to parents of athletes, as well as sports technicians.

 

The Ergodinamica’s sports psychology team works with the athlete to agree on specific objectives in relation to several key areas in which we can intervene to improve their performance:

Self-knowledge

It is fundamental for the athlete to know the main variables of his personality, which are his strengths and weaknesses. In this way, we can help you maximize those positive aspects and favor your attitude both in training and in competition that improve your performance and, above all, apply changes in those aspects of the personality that may imply a handicap for the athlete.

 

Attention and concentration

The ability to focus attention at certain moments of sports practice is as important as the technique itself and it is possible to train it. In this sense, at Ergodinamica we use visualization techniques together with the most innovative and scientifically proven techniques such as EMDR, to help the athlete achieve high levels of concentration when he needs it.

 

Setting the goals

Depending on how it set it’s goals, an athlete can achieve them or not. To do it properly your challenges must be realistic, difficult but within your possibilities. Focus on aspects such as the development of strategies to achieve the goals will facilitate a good evolution, avoiding unnecessary stress and injuries.

The Ergodinamica team consists of different sports specialists who will unify the objectives of the athlete and who will make a common front to establish integrated planning.

 

Motivation

This is another of the aspects that must be worked with the athlete, helping him to set specific goals, the ability to reinforce the improvements obtained and feedback on the capacity of constant effort while enjoying what he does.

 

Stress management

Often in trainings things can go well, but when important dates come, it can happen that anxiety plays tricks on us, causing a significant decrease in performance.In this sense, a good level of self-confidence and emotional intelligence (learning to identify, understand and control one’s own emotions and those of others) are skills that will help us make a difference when it comes to achieving brilliant results.

 

Within the stress management section, we can use different techniques that help the athlete on a better stress management:

 

  • Biofeedback: Technique that allows to control the physiological functions of the organism. In this way, it allows the athlete to become aware of parameters such as heart rate, blood pressure or skin conductance. All of them escape to the conscience and the fact of learning to control them helps us greatly to keep anxiety and stress at bay.
  • Neurofeedback: It is based on biofeedback techniques but with a different approach. It focuses on people learning to regulate their cortical functioning to optimize their performance and focus attention more effectively.
  • Breathing and relaxation techniques: With them, the athlete can control (increase or decrease) their level of activation. This is usually the culprit of the low performance in competition with regard to the performance during training.
  • Communication: The athlete, both in individual sports and in team sports, will always be surrounded by people. The communication difficulties usually cause conflicts that become encyst and these can have important consequences in the motivation, for example.
  • Positive self-talk: Depending on how an athlete internalizes what happens to him, he can increase or decrease his performance. Negative thoughts can dark your execution and generate added suffering. Learning to be resilient in the face of difficulties means being more optimistic and having a greater capacity to develop strategies when obstacles appear.
  • Emotions management: In the competition, the athlete faces stressful circumstances of a different nature that involve their emotions. Sometimes these can end up hurting good executions. Learning to identify them, to regulate them and to channel them will help you to be more regular in your performance.

 

Competition planning

Competitions involve many variables that can alter the performance of the athlete. Planning everything that depends on one will increase confidence, the perception of control and help the athlete to stay focused at all times. Sports routines contribute greatly to establishing a successful personal method of work.

 

Intervention during injuries

It is the most critical moment that an athlete can face. When you are injured, your world stops and, in doing so, it is important to guide your recovery and prepare it for reincorporation in an appropriate way. A good active recovery will help prevent future injuries

Ergodinamica also has specialists in other branches of psychology as well as Clinical Psychology, Child Psychology and Psycho-oncology

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Ergodinámica clínica Barcelona
Ps. de la Bonanova, 88
Ergodinámica clínica Córdoba
C/ Acera de Guerrita, 2

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