How Can Sports Psychology Help Me be a Better Athlete?
You probably already understand that Sports Psychologists help athletes deal with stressful situations and perform their best under pressure, but Sports Psychology is actually much more than that. Better performance begins with overall wellness and Sports Psycholgists are specially trained to understand what athletes go through and help them deal with personal challenges both on and off the field. A Sports Psychologist may also work with athletes to help them develop strategies to train smarter, stay healthy, increase motivation, and enjoy participating in sports.
What is SR Theory for Sports Performance?
Mind Over Matter Performance practices a technique toward sports psychology counseling called SR Theory that was developed by our very own Dr. Earl Walker Jr.
SR stands for "Self Realization" and the approach takes a holistic view of each athlete's relationship to the world around him or her.
Succeeding in sports requires unusual amounts of motivation, perseverance, and committment. SR Theory believes that the best way to develop these qualities is through an athlete's belief system. We first must understand how an individual athlete sees him or herself in relation to the world around him or herself before we can truly understand that person's relationship to sport.
Services we Provide
For Individuals and Teams
- Confidence Building
- Relaxation Training
- Performance Anxiety Reduction
- Goal Setting
- Building Focus / Concentration Training
- Coping with Loss / Injury
- Imagery Training
- Stress Management
- Coping Strategies
- Team Building / Conflict Resolution
For Coaches and Administrators
- Leadership Training
- Critical Decision Making
- Team Building
- Effective Communication
- Training Periodization for Peak Performance
- Working with Parents
- Drug Abuse in Sports
- Burnout Prevention
- Injury Prevention
- Working with Injured Athletes
About Dr. Earl Walker Jr.
Dr. Earl Walker holds a doctorate in Counseling Psychology, specializing in Sport and Exercise Psychology and is also a National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Certified Personal Trainer. He has taught sport psychology, sociology of sport, exercise physiology, health education, and fitness education at Mount Ida College in Newton, MA. He has also served as an assistant wrestling coach at Boston University for six years, coaching several NCAA tournament qualifiers, and one eventual NCAA All-American.
- Sports Psychologist
- Clincical Exercise Physiologist
- NCAA Div. I All American
- High School National Champion
- South Jersey Wrestling Hall of Fame
- Delaware Wrestling Hall of Fame
- Boston University Wrestling Hall of Fame
- Co-inventor of the Snap and Shoot Wrestling Takedown System