Sports Hypnosis for athletes?
Hypnosis for athletes was something that was unheard of some years ago, but is now considered an important tool in the elite athlete’s arsenal. This applies to all activities from football to poker!
Did you know that hypnosis and self-hypnosis are actually commonplace occurrences that most of us engage in on a regular basis without realizing it?
How many times have you noticed that when you are driving, you are surprised when you arrive at your destination without observing the familiar scenery or landmarks along the way? It was almost as if you were driving on automatic pilot, while your conscious mind was focused elsewhere. This highway hypnosis is an example of going into a trance while your eyes are wide open, and is similar to an athlete using self-hypnosis during a game or match.
And think about all of those times in school when you were in a boring class and found yourself daydreaming or thinking about your girlfriend or boyfriend. This mental visualization is also a type of hypnotic state. So, most of us actually have been hypnotized thousands of times without realizing we were engaging in self-hypnosis.
Although the amazing power of hypnosis for U.S. athletes has been largely overlooked until recently, for years Eastern European nations have been realizing the amazing difference that sports hypnosis can have on athletic performance. In the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games, the Russians brought a team of eleven hypnotists with them, to instill confidence and the will to win in the Russian athletes. And we all know how powerful the Russian teams have been over the years.
The power of hypnosis on focus and performance was also displayed beautifully in the 1988 Seoul Olympic Summer Games, when Olympic diver Greg Louganis hit his head on the board while performing a complicated dive during the 3 meter final. In what is considered one of the greatest feats in sporting history, Louganis, his head gushing blood, had the wound treated while he put earphones on to listen to hypnosis tapes. Amazingly, Greg then went out to score a perfect dive the second time, enough to earn him the gold medal. That dive is still shown on television today. In fact, I saw it yesterday.
Among Certified Sports Psychologists, there are only a handful of us who are also Certified Sports Hypnosis Experts. We teach hypnotic techniques to athletes in literally all sports; to enhance such important individual dynamics as intensity, focus, consistency, concentration and anxiety control and to enhance team dynamics, such as working toward the common goal and intrateam cohesion.
In my work with elite athletes I have seen the amazing power of hypnotic techniques produce amazing results.
- Quarterbacks developed imagery, footwork and anxiety control during oncoming rushes.
- Basketball players increased their free throw percentage.
- Police Olympic shooters dramatically increased their accuracy.
- Tennis players skyrocketed their intensity, confidence and strength during changeovers.
- Golfers learned to ignore past errors and stayed in the moment on each hole.
- Hockey players learned to visualize setting up scoring plays during their shifts.
- And athletes with chronic, debilitating pain learned how to actually eliminate their pain!
I invite you to download my FREE “Hypnosis for Sports Success” below:
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Hypnosis for Sports Success
Dr. Jack Singer, sports psychologist to athletes, coaches, and professional teams created Core Sports Performance, Accelerated Sports Healing, and Advanced Sports Pain Management for The Hypnosis Network. If you would like to improve your performance, heal more quickly, or manage nagging sports pain so you can get back in the game, “Dr. Jack” is the best in the business at bringing the mind into harmony with the body.
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Jack N. Singer, Ph.D.
Certified and Licensed Sport and Clinical Psychologist
Diplomate, National Institute of Sports Professionals, Division of Psychologists
Diplomate, American Academy of Behavioral Medicine
Certified Hypnotherapist, American Academy of Clinical Hypnosis