“ People used to go and see sports psychologist when they had a problem. Now the focus has shifted to performance,” he says (Halliwell).

The main concern in all sports today is “mental toughness,” meaning the ability to handle, handle any situation that is presented to you on the court, the field, the track, and so on. I have been doing some research on different ways to help an athlete cope with his/her surroundings as well as building a mentally tough mindset.

Halliwell, a sports psychologist, but know as a mental performance consultant has many different techniques that are proven to work. When he meets with an athlete he has them make up a list of words or mantras that the athlete will repeat to themselves before there competition as well as during the competition. A long with this list he makes them make another list called the “I know” list which reminds the athlete that they are prepared to do their job and that they are capable of winning.

Another man named James Loehr, a sports psychologist has a list of several skills that one can adapt in order to gain mental toughness. Tough Competitors, “seeing” themselves succeed, Learning to see stress as a challenge, using humor to break up tension, Learning to move on from previous mistakes, and lastly a “Just for today” attitude.

Both of these sports psychologist have valid points towards my topic and I hope that this sheds some light on the area that I am trying to focus on.

“Leave the athlete with a clear mind and a clear path” (Halliwell).


Wayne Halliwell


James Loehr


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March 10, 2017 2:22 pm

I think this is a really great topic of research. Plenty of people talk about sports performance, but not enough people talk about the mental aspect. This is what makes or breaks you. Understanding the importance of self esteem and self confidence is an important element in order to be a leader and succeed. Be able to shake off your mistakes and continue to play your game is very important!

Well done

February 14, 2017 5:07 am

I like your research so far, I never really considered or thought about the tactics and practices used by Wayne Halliwell. I think that mental toughness can carry on into other aspects of life, not just athletics. I really like where you are taking this!

February 14, 2017 2:37 am

I think this is a great topic that could also be related to academics. I believe mental toughness could significantly help some students in a transition from sports to school to show them the challenges faced can be beaten with persistence.

February 13, 2017 8:08 pm

Great Job Vanessa, I think your topic is very interesting and never thought about it, as someone who doesn’t play sports. The idea of repeating a saying can change someones overall performance in sports is a new idea to me. It is interesting to think about connecting a physical activity to the mental activity of mantras, and a certain mentality.

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