Sports hypnosis is a respected and tested approach for helping athletes on the mental side of performance. Athletes like Michael Jordon, Kobe Bryant and Tiger woods have all used it with great success. Tiger Woods decision to step away from competitive tournaments is big news right now in sports, and while he sites back issues most people know there is more going on than just physical ailments. Tiger has used sports hypnosis in the past to help with the mental side of his game, and the fact that he has a sport psychologist to work with makes his struggles all the more interesting. Everyone in the world of golf right now is breaking apart his decision to step away from the game, and most people will come to the conclusion that he just hasn’t been the same Tiger since his personal life blew up on him a few years back. There is a great article that looks beyond the back issues and talks more about the mental side of what is going on with Tiger.
There are a few things to learn from Tiger in this instance, specifically when it comes to sports hypnosis. The first is that sports hypnosis does work and is a powerful tool to help athletes. It helps athletes because it taps into the subconscious mind and in order for real change to take place this is where the changes needs to occur. Sports are fast paced and due to this things have to happen at a subconscious level, so it only makes sense that visualizing at this level is beneficial to an athlete.
The second thing we can learn from Tiger’s situation is that sports hypnosis, while powerful, is not everything, and more than just sports hypnosis needs to be done to successful help an athlete develop their mental game. Sometimes people overuse this technique, and while I don’t know if this is the case with Tiger, it is important to understand that everything has its place, but you can’t rely on just one technique to mentally get you where you need to be.
Here at Quantum Performance we make sure to take many different approaches based on the client and what lines up with what they need right then. This will constantly change, and we have many different techniques we use to help an athlete develop a well rounded mental game. Check out our sport psychology page to find out more about this.