Hypnosis for Sport Performance
In this episode of the Motor City Hypnotist Podcast we discuss hypnosis for sports performance. It’s not just for professional athletes. You casual athletes out there could benefit greatly.
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WINNER OF THE WEEK; Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift surprised independent record stores around the country this week by providing them free signed copies of her album “Folklore” to sell.
On Thursday, Twitter lit up as record stores shared their new merchandise courtesy of the singer-songwriter.
While Record Store Day isn’t until next week (Aug. 29), Swift’s gesture clearly upheld the sentiment of an event meant to “celebrate and spread the word about the unique culture surrounding nearly 1400 independently owned record stores in the US and thousands of similar stores internationally,” according to a website dedicated to the day.
And the other requirement was it has to be just local customers, not just shipping them to people outside of our immediate area.”
Swift also made headlines this week for helping an 18-year-old university student in London, Vitoria Mario, meet her tuition goals on GoFundMe.
“Vitoria, I came across your story online and am so inspired by your drive and dedication to turning your dreams into reality,” Swift wrote on Mario’s GoFundMe. “I want to gift you the rest of your goal amount. Good luck with everything you do! Love, Taylor.”
Mario, who describes herself as “a young Black 18 year old with a dream,” received more than $30,000 from Swift and surpassed her goal.
Hypnosis for Sports Performance
I have seen numerous athletes in the Detroit for hypnosis.
Let’s start by talking about sports. Athletes, especially Olympic level and professional athletes need a huge amount of mental focus to be successful.
I’m sure you have heard the term “being in the zone”. In sports, this is the natural state of trance when everything that is happening (regardless of your sport) seems to slow down and almost become automatic.
Mental focus, concentration and visualization are critical to success in any sport. Adding a mental training routine to sports training can greatly increase confidence, consistency, and success.
I’m sure you have also heard the term “choke” when it relates to sports.
Nathan Chen, Figure Skater, 2018 Olympics
18 year old Nathan Chen has just won back to back US championships. This season, he has been undefeated on the international grand prix stage. He planned to execute 6 quadruple jumps in his free skate program. This is more than any other male has attempted at the Olympics. Not only did everyone project Nathan to be a medal contender for this competition, but they thought he would win an Olympic gold. However, Chen ended up in 17th place after the short program. The real question is, why?
In the short program event, Nathan only scored 82.27 points, which was about 22 points lower than his score at the national championships last month. This was not the way he wanted to start his Olympic debut. He made a mistake on every required jump element in the program. He fell on his quadruple lutz at the beginning of the program, and failed to land the other jumps cleanly. Additionally, he did not complete the combination jump that he needed to.
The advertising caused him to focus on other people’s expectations instead of himself and what he could do best.
His issue was not physical, he had probably done his routine 100 times perfectly in practice. The issue was mental.
That is where Hypnosis comes in!
In The Beijing 2008 Olympics USA Olympic Skeet Gold Medalists worked with a hypnotist.
In 1996 Steve Collins beat Chris Eubank for the World Boxing Organization’s Super-middleweight title. Much of his sports success being attributed to the focusing of attention created by hypnosis. Collins was programmed to deliver two punches to Eubank’s one. In the fight Eubank threw 300 punches, Collins threw over 600.
Short stop Ozzie Smith of the St. Louis Cardinals used hypnosis
Jimmy Connors used hypnosis before all of his U.S. Open victories.
In 1984 Mary Lou Retton used hypnosis to prepare for the Los Angeles Olympics.
Phil Jackson used hypnosis with all his championship basketball teams with the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers.
In baseball Nolan Ryan, George Brett, Maury Wills, Don Sutton, and Mark McGuire all report using hypnosis to prepare for games.
Tiger Woods is an excellent example of an incredible athlete who has used hypnosis to achieve a phenomenal level of success in golf. He has reportedly been utilizing powerful self-hypnosis techniques since his early teens.
Michael Jordan Probably the best basketball player of all time. He used hypnosis in his team the Chicago Bulls.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Mental imagery is the process by which we create or recreate experiences in the mind using information stored in our memory. You engage in imagery every time you have a dream, but this is an unstructured form of imagery. Structured imagery is aided by a vivid imagination, and the more control athletes have over their imagination, the more they are able to control their performance. Athletes vary greatly in their imagery ability and in the senses they engage during imagery(1).
Some like to ‘feel’ movement internally – a process known as kinaesthesis – while others like to see their performance unfold as if watching the playback from a headcam – this is known as visual-internal imagery. Another frequently used type of imagery is referred to as visual-external imagery – seeing yourself perform from a distance as though watching from a grandstand or viewing video playback. With practice, it is possible to engage all of the senses at once or synaesthetically to create really vivid experiences.
Research shows that the more clearly you are able to experience mental images and the more accurately you can control your imagined movements, the more likely you are to translate the images into superior performance(2).
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David R. Wright MA, LPC, CHT
The Motor City Hypnotist