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Techniques used
by Performance in Sport

Goal setting

Goal setting has an important position as a motivational technique leading to enhanced performance. Performance in Sport helps athletes to set effective goals that will direct their energy and focus during practice and competition. Performance in Sport will help athletes develop effective, specific goals that are aimed at managing anxiety, confidence and motivation. This will ultimately lead towards achieving mental toughness required for top performance. Long term, short term and daily mental skill goals are all addressed.

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Relaxation techniques

Relaxation in Performance in Sport is the method by which athletes learn, for example, to block distractions and to curb stress hormones from adversely influencing their performance. Whilst there are a number of techniques which can be used to accomplish this state of relaxation, the choice of the most appropriate one is highly individual. The selected technique needs to be practiced and rehearsed regularly during training in order to be effective and easily applied in competitive situations. Our ultimate goal is to find a technique that can quickly and almost instantaneously bring the athlete into a place of calm confidence.

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Imagery techniques

Similarly, there are a number of imagery techniques which the athlete might choose in order to achieve the desired state of mind that will lead to a winning performance. These are combined and practiced together with relaxation techniques well ahead of any competition, just as any technical skills are trained and practiced on a daily basis. The imagination is the first step to realising a dream and therefore of vital importance to the athlete who is intent on achieving excellence in his or her sport. "Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become endless." - Jamie Paolinetti.

Once an athlete has mastered the techniques necessary to recreate that winning state of mind on command, achieving top performance usually becomes just that little bit easier. Performance in Sport is a well-rounded approach to realising the finish line before you have run the race. A wise man once said that the only way to be great is if you can dare to be great. And since greatness begins with a vision, it's time to utilise this powerful technique in the process of achieving it.

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Self talk

We all talk to ourselves. The challenge put forward to the athletes by Performance in Sport is to use self-talk to their advantage. Better golfers, for example have consistently been found to be less troubled by negative thoughts or emotions, less upset by mistakes or missed opportunities and they are also less likely to become anxious or frustrated.

Self-talk has been found to help with many different elements of performance including: skill acquisition, attention control, mood changes, enhancing self-efficacy and for increasing persistence.

Here at Performance in Sport we aim to teach our athletes not only to recognise the self-defeating or negative thought, but we also aim to teach athletes how to interrupt it with a trigger or physical action. Then we teach them how to regain control using chosen and practiced self-enhancing thought and self-talk. Learning to replace a self-defeating thought with a self-enhancing thought is a skill, just like putting, for example.

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Below are the techniques we use when working with our clients:

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