Hypnotherapy for Sports Performance

Whether your game is tennis, golf, snooker or any other sport, Hypnosis can be a powerful tool for improvement. Many professional athletes have already benefited from Hypnosis to increase their performance – Boxer Ken Norton used Hypnosis before his famous victory over Mohammed Ali, the fight where he broke Ali’s jaw.

Hypnosis cannot turn an average player into a world class superstar, but it can allow the individual to get nearer and nearer to his or her personal best. By enabling the person to learn and concentrate more effectively, they can become more aware of their strengths and weaknesses. In addition, they can use that concentration to prevent the opponent affecting their own play.

How many times have you told yourself or been told that if only your concentration held then you would have won, performed the right shot, been unaffected by the opponent?

Jack Nicklaus stated many times that he visualised each and every shot before he even struck the golf ball. It was his belief that he ‘saw’ the perfect setup, swing and shot for each and every stroke in his round. That concentration coupled with his talent enabled him to be one of the most successful players ever.

Sports hypnosis is also useful in enhancing a range of performance areas including:

  • Building confidence
  • Managing competition anxiety
  • Improving motivation
  • Maintaining focus
  • Preparing for competition
  • Improving mental toughness
  • Rehearsing techniques

Techniques will vary according to the presenting problems and the individual needs of the athlete but may include relaxation, guided visualisation, learning self-hypnosis techniques, using behavioural techniques to stop negative behaviours, developing effective pre-competition routines, using mental rehearsal to embed physical actions, identifying and controlling points of focus and developing intrinsic motivation sources.