The "mental coach" guides the athlete or the team and advises him according to his needs.
He teaches the athlete or the team to train his so-called "mental aptitudes":
- stress management,
- team cohesion
The goal of the mental coaching is to optimize the potential of the athlete or the team during a competition.
The mental coach can follow and counsel his athlete on-site (during the training and/or during competition, most often in close collaboration with the trainer) but this is not always the case.
If we ask a high-level athlete to enumerate all the qualities that he must possess to be "good" in his sport, both mentally and physically, he will almost always mention:
- technical qualities (for instance, in tennis this means a good service, a powerful forehand,...) and tactical qualities (that combine physical, technical and mental capabilities)
- mental qualities (for example the ability to remain calm, self-confidence, ability to keep his concentration, overall well-being,...)
- physical qualities (for example stamina or velocity)
For the athletes that need it, Psychosport proposes to train their mental abilities just like they train their physical fitness and their technique. Note that it is also very useful to train the mental abilities when recovering from an injury. Besides consisting of mental training, mental preparation also includes preparing oneself mentally for a competition. Therefore, mental preparation and mental training are evidently linked.
For athletes residing outside of Belgium, we also offer to do consultations via Skype.