The field of sport psychology has become one of the most popular fields of study within the discipline of psychology over the past 50 years. The term sports psychologist has been used to describe the person who teaches sports psychology to athletes and performers, specifically how they can improve their performance and compete at their best. ONDEK has trademarked the term Pro Performance Coach™ to distinguish our professional mindset coaching services from the mental health field. This is often viewed negatively and from the perspective that something is wrong with the person. Naturally, we want to move away from this view. Please keep in mind, our process is very proactive and is about accelerating the athletes learning and mindset to transition to the next level(s) of performance more quickly.
Some of the mindset skills focused on during the coaching process include goal setting, visualization, men-tal imagery, self-talk, mind control training, emotion control and in general, ways to establish the best thoughts, images and emotions to improve sport performance; however, our coaching is certainly not lim-ited to these skills. The research in the field is evolving rapidly and many new approaches have emerged that are integrated into ONDEK’s systematic approach to developing the athlete’s mindset. This is a really exciting time and you are in the right place at the right time—-rest assured!