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What is a Mental Skills Trainer?
Mental skills trainers play a variety of roles within athletics from working directly with the athletes to supporting the coaches, parents, and directors of programs. Below are 5 things mental skills trainers can do.
1) Help athletes optimize performance potential through mental training
All athletes train the physical side of their sport more and more effectively however, we all know how impactful the mental game is when executing inside of competition. Here at Mental Grit, we believe the athletes we work with do not have problems that we are here to fix, rather, our athletes have potential that we are here to realize and optimize. Mental training consists of training the mental skills individualized programs built and executed to help the athlete perform. These skills include emotional control, focus and concentration, self-talk, imagery, and priming routines.
2) Help athletes cope with fear and injury
Mental skills trainers can help athletes overcome the mindset known as fear of failure, embarrassment, or states of performance anxiety. The trainer can help the athlete develop confidence, self-belief, composure, energy, and overall trust in their performance ability.
3) Help parents understand how to support their athlete in a high-performance environment
The parents have a primary influence on the athletes while they are not in the performance arena. In this environment, the parent can play a negative or positive role in their athletes’ performance. The mental skills trainer can help the parent and athlete have the appropriate conversations that are integral to a supportive performance environment. The trainer can also help the parents understand the mindset and impact they have on the athlete both on the field and at home.
4) Help athletic programs develop high-performance programming
The athletic environment that a program creates around their athletes is another primary area of effect for athletic performance. Athletic programs can do a lot to develop an environment and culture where athletes can thrive. However, the program can also do a lot to negatively impact the optimal performance from their athletes. The mental skills trainer can work directly with the program director to help develop and maintain an effective performance environment. Help coaches develop effective training methods and performance environments for athletes
5) Help coaches develop effective training methods and performance environments for athletes
Coaches are the last major influence of the athlete. As is such, the mental skills trainer can help the coaches develop effective training plans that are optimized to help the athletes learn faster and trainer more effectively. The mental skills trainer can also help the coach develop themselves into a more effective through a variety of methods. As they say, Rome was not built in a day and no great coach had ever just been born. Great coaches are built and the mental skills trainer can help the process.