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Sport Psychology can be summed up in a few simple ideas:
It allows us to navigate the pressures, obstacles, pitfalls, and emotional ups and downs of elite sport effectively and efficiently
Through mental skills training, we can become aware of the interplay between our physiological system and psychological and emotional factors
Learning how to think in the most effective way possible in every day, every competition, and every situation
Building better athletes, but more importantly, building highly functional mentally strong human beings
We work on developing skills such as:
Focus, concentration, allocation of attention
Overcoming obstacles, handling pressure
Plainly stated, mental skills training and sport psychology provides the opportunity for athletes to discover the power they have within themselves, and the ability to use it when it matters most.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT
An athlete can be in the best shape of their life, trained their bodies to perform, but if they show up on competition day and cannot control their mind, none of it matters
Sport psychology is becoming a central piece of elite athletics – From professional teams and athletes to the U.S. Olympic Training Center, training the MIND is becoming an essential piece of performance enhancement
Winter Park Competition Center is now on the cutting edge of sport science with the introduction of Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback training protocols. This training is helpful in a number of ways:
Athletes receive instantaneous feedback demonstrating the mind-body connection
It allows us to assess an athlete’s ability to handle stress, as well as how quickly they can bring their physiology back to baseline
It offers the opportunity to train the body to adapt to stress
HOW WE WILL ADDRESS IT:
Although mental skills training has been a part of the Sports Performance Program since its inception, Winter Park Competition Center believes in sport and performance psychology enough to invest in a full-time program, keeping pace, if not far surpassing most elite youth sport organizations. By incorporating cutting edge developments and technology, and staying up to date on current research, the Comp Center will be at the forefront of new performance enhancing ideas and methodology.
Through this program you will have access to various levels of training:
On-hill training integration
Parent education workshops
Coaching education clinics
Group and individual sessions for part-time athletes on the front range
Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback technology
ABOUT OUR MENTAL SKILLS COACH:
Stephanie Zavilla completed her Master’s degree in June of 2013 at the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Professional Psychology in Sport and Performance Psychology. She completed her undergraduate course work at the University of South Dakota, receiving a Bachelor of Science in both Psychology and History, with a minor in Business Administration. Through playing NCAA Division I golf while at the University of South Dakota, she fell in love with the mental side of sport and performance.
During her time at the University of Denver, she has worked with many sports and organizations on both a group and individual basis. Her primary internship field placement was served with Ski and Snowboard Club Vail and Vail Ski and Snowboard Academy as a Peak Performance Mental Skills Intern. Other experience includes sports such as basketball, synchronized figure skating, soccer, agility training, tennis, and exercise adherence, as well as some clinical issues (i.e. life transitions, depression, anxiety), and has worked with individuals and teams ages 9 through 50+.
Stephanie's philosophy revolves around the idea that simply by being aware, being present, and being in love with what you do, athletic freedom will follow; freedom from judgmental thoughts, freedom from the constraints of internal and external pressures, and most importantly, freedom of movement. Through self-reflection and exploration, any athlete can take their performance from good to great, especially when it really counts.
For athletes: http://appliedsportpsych.org/ Go to “Resource Center” to access valuable information for Coaches, Parents, and Athletes, as well as Injury/Rehabilitation and Health and Fitness! For coaches:
http://positivecoach.org/ Go to “Our Tools” to check out resources for Parents, Athletes, Coaches, and Leadership roles!