It's no secret that sport psychology as a discipline has been grown exponentially over recent years. Many athletes and coaches alike now utilize mental training principles as much as the physical, and the United States Olympic Committee houses it's own program in both Colorado Springs, CO and Chula Vista, CA. Could this be part of the equation in Team USA's increased performance levels across most sports? Highly likely. Although in elite-level competition, mental ability is often the deciding performance factor. However (for the rest of us), gaining an early understanding of psychological principles in sport and subsequently practicing them often-developing one's own mental skill set -ups the achievement bar higher for any athlete's potential in sport and all other life arenas.
The discipline is becoming so visible and useful that numerous athletes, many of them household names, are forthcoming and endorse using sport psychology in their regular training regimes. Below is a brief list amongst many of famous athletes who have either publicly acknowledged either using sports psychology services or ascribe to using mental training techniques:
Tom Brady, Quarterback of the NFL's Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots
Lindsey Vonn, Alpine Skiing- 2010 Olympic Gold Medalist
Raj Bhavsar, Gymnastics, 2008 Olympian
Kara Goucher, Track and Field- 2008 Olympian and 2009 Boston Marathon 3rd Place Finisher
Tiger Woods, Golfer-Winner of most Major titles in PGA history
Erica Bartolina, Pole Vault-2008 Olympian
Cal State Fullerton Men's Golf Team
Cal State Fullerton's Women's Volleyball Team
San Jose State Women's Golf Team
Stanford University Baseball Team
Sources: www.tinssp.com; www.johnfmurray.com; 24 August, 2010.