“Optimizing performance while preserving the athlete's balance and fulfillment.” - Jean Fournier - President of the SFPS (French Society for Sports Psychology)
How is mental skills an asset for the athlete?
Mental skills are aimed at all athletes, amateurs and professionals, who aim to progress and achieve their goals.
It is a discipline that allows everyone to get to know themselves, to manage their emotions while remaining motivated. Remain actor of its performances in all circumstances.
The high level is constantly more demanding (performance, media, money, ...), athletes are forced to adapt. Adapt to more intense training, to a more competitive level and opponents, to making greater sacrifices.
We forget the essential: the athlete is a human being.
This is where mental skills comes in. It will allow him to find his balance, to keep his feet on the ground, strengthen his values, take pleasure in being efficient. A physical and tactical equal, it is this “plus” that will make the difference.
In team sports, in addition to the individual requirement, is added the notion of group. This means that it is necessary to manage conflicts, the egos of each one, not to confuse collective project and individual ambition.
Having the best individuals doesn't mean having the best team. On the other hand, the best team spirt will beat the best players in the world.
“What I mean by inner harmony is being in tune with your personality, your values and your own self-perception. Accessing this harmony offers greater control over oneself and one's environment, it increases tenfold one's inner strength and therefore makes one more efficient. ” Thomas SAMMUT - Mental Skill Coach
What are we going to work on?
(Re) discover your inner “self”
Body awareness - Harmony between body and mind
Strengthen your self-esteem
Strengthen team cohesion
Know and respect each other - live in a group
Be humble, put oneself at the service of the group
Discover its potential
Develop your motivation
Strengthen your concentration
Finding the positive in an “a priori” negative action
Understand your external environment (personal life, training, competition, etc.)
Manage stress and emotions
Project yourself during your competitions to better prepare them
Manage the unexpected
How are we going to work?
The objective is to make the athlete (s) autonomous (s). That is to say that he (s) no longer need a third person to accompany them. This autonomy is achieved by adapting to the problems, by transmitting tools but above all by developing the self-knowledge of the athlete (s). This self-knowledge allows an optimization of the understanding of his emotions as well as self-esteem, to get to set goals, to develop his self-confidence and to stay motivated throughout. It also means giving yourself the right to fail and learning from your different experiences.
Support can be provided in the following ways:
Individual sessions: This is ideal for having personalized sessions and progressing at your own pace.
Collective sessions: For groups (teams, clubc, ...) who want to work on the same issues and share their feelings.
Face-to-face in office or in training, by videoconference or by phone . In all cases, it is essential to "see" each other at least once (face-to-face or videoconference).
Extract from the Canalplus program "L'Info du Vrai Le Mag" of November 08, 2018
Topic: Coping with your emotions
Extrait de l'émission de France Info TV du 28 Août 2021
Sujet : Ces sportifs en bout de piste