Sports Minded Performance 8 Week Course

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Registration is open! The course will be offered soon, and the start date and time are TBA. The course will be held weekly and each class will be 1 hour and 30 minutes. Contact Simon Fragakis, APC at sfragakis@peachtreedbt.com for more information or questions about availability.

 

What is the class about?

Sport, while inherently physical, is decidedly shaped by the mental game. High-performing athletes are no stranger to training. After all, most of an athlete’s time is spent practicing - but practicing what? While perfecting the physical skills pertaining to one’s sport is crucial, if so much of sport is mental, how are we training our minds? The Sports Minded Performance class is an 8-week course that will expose athletes to a variety of mental skills which, with practice (much like a physical skill), can significantly boost the athlete’s ability to not only reach their goals, but enjoy the process.

The course is divided into 4 main themes:
  • Perspective
  • Presence
  • Practice
  • Passion

A number of skills will be covered in that time, with many building on or overlapping each other. Just a few of the skills that will be covered in the course include mindfulness (of self and others), arousal control (breathing exercises, cue words/phrases, progressive muscle relaxation, etc.), reframing one’s thoughts to be facilitative instead of debilitative, goal setting, identifying one’s “why,” and understanding how one’s identity as a person translates into who they are as an athlete. The group-aspect of the class aims to create a new support system for the athletes; an opportunity to relate to and learn from other, like-minded athletes; and a chance to practice these new skills in a safe, accepting environment.


The class merges some of the concepts of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy with those of sport psychology mental skills training to create a course tailored specifically to the challenges and objectives of the athlete. The class capitalizes on the foundation of DBT - that is, understanding how to accept our situation, recognizing that there are always options in how we navigate these situations, and having the skills to select what will be most effective in the moment, to get what we want long-term.

If you would like more information about the Sports Minded Performance class, please contact Simon Fragakis, APC at sfragakis@peachtreedbt.com.