What is PST?
Psychological skills training (PST) is the systematic and consistent practice of mental skills. PST can be used to help athletes improve performance, increase enjoyment in sport, and improve self-satisfaction.
To most effectively use PST, athletes should:
Understand the importance of mental skills in sport and how they can impact sport performance.
Be taught what the mental skill is, why it is important, and how to use it in practice and/or competition.
Incorporate mental skills into both their practice and competition
The Mental Skills
Establishing an action plan designed to motivate athletes to become more productive and effective.
The creation or recreation of a sport experience or image in the mind. Imagery is deliberate and multisensory.
The words or phrases we say to ourselves. They should be positive, motivating, meaningful, and easy to remember.
Control emotions, focus on the task, and get in the zone. Your routine is 100% in your control!
Focus on relevant information and block out distractions.
Emotions are our reactions to events, interactions or outcomes in sport. Coping strategies can help reduce stress.
Strategies used when feeling below desired energy levels.
Strategies used when feeling above desired energy levels.