Any athlete who wishes to improve their sports performance. Niamh has worked with a variety of athletes including Rugby players, hurlers, footballers, golfers, swimmers, triathletes to name but a few. Scroll down to see some of the services which can be helped with sport psychology.
When you make an appointment with us at the clinic we will first have an informal chat and find out what you would like to achieve from the consultation. Then after we have summarized the goals we will look at any strengths you can capitalize on and also any limiting factors which we can help to eliminate. Any relevant questionnaires will be filled out and this will provide your sport psychologist with what could be described as a ‘snapshot’ of your state of mind with respect to your sport at that particular moment. Then we will work together to bridge the gap between where you are and where you want to be. Typically a combination of the sport psychology interventions below will be employed.
- Standard assessment questionnaires
- Behavioural observation
- Goal Setting
When a player or athlete visits the clinic to improve their sports performance any number of issues including the following may be addressed:
- Stress management
- Goal setting
- Eliminating psychological blocks to achievement of better performance
- Post injury confidence
- Self belief
- Identification of burnout and intervention to alleviate burnout
- Pain control techniques for psychosomatic pain
- Cognitive behavioural techniques for medical treatment adherence and compliance
Sometimes a manager may seek help with managing a team. We have worked with many teams. Sometimes meetings with management are sufficient to instigate change which has a positive impact on the squad and at other times some key players who are not reaching full potential will meet on a one on one basis with the sport psychologist. Below please find a list of some of the most common areas which may be of concern for team managers. Remember it is the mind which drives the body. Once positive thoughts are flowing and the goals are clear, success is on the horizon.
- Facilitation of team support
- Facilitation of team communication
- Preparing a team to play against opponents whom they have not defeated for a considerable period of time
- Identification of core beliefs (about team and personal self beliefs)
- Raising team and individual self belief
- Input regarding assessment/handling of intra-team conflict/ competitiveness
- Increasing motivation
- Goal setting
- Insight into team dynamics, group dynamics and individual behaviour patterns
- Crisis intervention work following personal or sport related occurrences
- Dealing with sporting or other significant life event setback which has an impact on the entire team or on one specific individual
I have to say initially I was skeptical about the whole thing, but my golf and in particular my driving, was a disaster. I had previously purchased a new Taylor Made driver and no matter how many times I played i couldn’t hit the ball out of my way. I was hitting slices/snap hooks, duffing it….. everything but straight. After just one session with Niamh I noticed an instant improvement. I was smashing the ball down the middle of the fairway regularly over 275 yards (and on one occasion 360 yards!!). Granted not every drive was perfect, but at least 8 out of 10 was, and the 2 that weren’t were still only slightly off (in vast comparison to the way they used to go!). Also I noticed a new confidence in my swing. No longer did i dread the drives but I actually looked forward to them. the driver has suddenly become my new favorite club. i also noticed that i was far more relaxed on the course. I didn’t dwell on the missed putts and looked forward to the next hole instead of back at the last hole. I have been a 9 handicapper for several years now and haven’t actually played to it for a long time. Now I am playing to it, and feel i can drop my handicap to 5 or 6 given the way I’ve been hitting the ball. The hypnotherapy was simple (I didn’t even have to talk!!). Niamh made me feel very relaxed and at no time did I find it invasive. I felt in control all the time. I would recommend the golf hypnotherapy program to anyone – whether you are looking to improve a specific element of your game or just to improve your golf in general.
Niamh Flynn worked with the Clarinbridge Senior Hurling team for three years. During my term as manager she instilled a confidence and belief in the team and the players through her work on both a group and individual one on one basis. Niamh’s professionalism, attention to detail and hard work shone through. Her greatest attribute was that she cared whether the players succeeded and improved under her watch and she went out of her way to accommodate the players differing schedules. A number of players were called to the Galway Senior Hurling Panel after working with Niamh and I am in no doubt that would not have happened without her work. Any team or individual that works with Niamh will improve.
This was my first season racing in open races… i.e. a race which is open to all comers opposed to a club race which is only open to club members. At the open races I always felt a bit intimidated as I assumed these “seasoned racers” were a lot fitter and faster than myself. I struggled in the fist few races of the season, in fact I was only managing to finish about 50% of them. So in May I had a hypnotherapy session with Niamh to see if I could improve my attitude to racing. My first race after the session was a bit of a revelation! I was no longer just hanging in there to survive the race, but actually felt like I was competing, and was in the thick of the action at the front of the race from the start. I finished just outside the top ten (eleventh), which, at the time, it was my best open road race result. What convinced my that my mental approach to the race had improved was how sore my body was the following day, so although my brain was saying “go” my body was still struggling. Now all I need is for Niamh to convince my that winter training really is fun…
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