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Digital Subscriptions > Outdoor Swimmer > March 2018 > THE BENEFITS OF SPORT PSYCHOLOGY


Helen Davis summarises the benefits that working on your psychological skills can bring to your swimming



“Psychologist” can be such a label or even something of a cliché. For those who haven’t worked with a sport psychologist, the word might conjure up images of the psychiatrist’s couch, therapists in white coats, and psychoanalysis. Maybe you’re thinking you have to only have a ‘problem’ to see a sport psychologist. This couldn’t be further from the truth! Sport psychology is a field aimed to study how the mind affects physical activity and athletic performance. As a swimmer who now works in sport psychology, I truly believe that sport psychology can make a difference to your performance as a swimmer. A big difference. I’m not just talking about elite swimmers, I’m talking about swimmers who purely swim for pleasure, swimmers who swim for sociability, swimmers who swim for fitness, swimmers who swim in clubs or groups and swimmers who compete locally, nationally and internationally. Sport psychology really is for everyone!

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