ABOUT (E)SPORT PSYCHOLOGY
Sport psychology is constantly gaining attention, and there is an ever-growing number of organizations, national teams, and associations that see the benefits and advantages of having sport psychology consultants within their staff. Sport psychology is very broad but can be defined as the mental aspects related to performance.
Some examples of areas where sport psychology consultations can make a difference in esports include:
The role of sport psychology consultants
Sport psychology consultants aim to help athletes, coaches, and leaders to develop high-performance habits that allow them to thrive in training and competition, as well as in everyday life and at championships.
For a player, it can regard concentration exercises, match and training routines, motivational practices, managing stress levels, self-confidence, how to return after injury, overcoming performance difficulties, and how to navigate successfully outside of the game in terms of physical exercise, sleep habits, diet, and social relationships.
For a leader, the focus could entail communication, personal development, leadership philosophies, motivational climate, setting up pregame routines, improving practice efficiency, preparing for competitions, performing well under pressure, and how to support youth players.
For a team or organization, the emphases may center around building a solid culture, including goals, values, attitudes, and beliefs, helping the teams work together, coping with adversity, managing expectations, maintaining confidence, handling emotions after setbacks and success, and more.
Who is a sport psychology consultant?
The titles related to sport psychology are many and not entirely easy to sort through (mental trainer, mental coach, life coach, et cetera). Some of these titles are protected in certain countries, while in others, not. For example, in Sweden, anyone may call themself a sport psychologist. Nevertheless, no matter what an individual’s title may be, we suggest that you look at their education. There are a lot of courses and programs with varying quality related to sport psychology. The Swedish Sports Confederation recommends that you have obtained a Bachelor’s degree in sports psychology, along with a course/education that includes practical work under supervision as a minimum requirement. Each member of AEP meets these criteria. In addition to being a seal of quality regarding competence and knowledge within the subject, education also means that one is mindful of ethical guidelines, such as confidentiality.
Clinical or not?
For most people, gaming is fun and harmless, but for some the lifestyle can grow problematic. Segments of sport psychology border on clinical psychology. Examples include depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and social phobia. As sport psychology consultants, we help support gamers before it gets out of hand to prevent them from reaching the clinical issues mentioned above. If you need to speak with a clinical psychologist, then we, the AEPs, recommend gamers to reach out to the Gaming project at Maria Malmö. Here, you will be warmly received by specialists who focus on these clinical issues (for the time being, this service is only available for Swedish citizens living in Skåne, Scania).
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The main difference is the content. In the lectures, the focus is mainly to provide information – in an integrative way. During our workshops, we combine information with exercises that aim to create a more dynamic and practical setting. A subject covered in 30 minutes as a lecture, will be covered in about one hour as a workshop, due to the added exercises.
Counseling is probably the most known way of working with psychology. Overall, counseling may be divided into four segments. (1): We start by mapping out you, or your teams, goals, needs, strengths, weaknesses, and such. (2): We create a plan, set goals, and decide how to develop in the right way. (3): We begin to work with discussions, lectures, exercises, and measures to develop. (4): When the program is finished, we evaluate the progress to explore if we reached what we aimed for.
This is a tricky question since our prices may differ depending on the service and need. We suggest that you contact us, and we can together discuss what your particular service would include and the cost. However, the first meeting is always free, so do not hesitate to contact us!
The project is a collaboration between your ideas and needs, and our competencies and experiences. The project starts with a first meeting where we explore objectives and approach. Then, we assemble a team, create a project plan, and get to work! Of course, a project could go on for only a couple of weeks, months, to a couple of years.
If you are interested in our services but unsure of what you require, we suggest that you contact us, and together we will work it out. This first meeting is naturally free of charge!
This varies depending on what you want to produce. It could be anything from an Instagram post, to a longer podcast show on Spotify! Tell us about your ideas, and together we will create a masterpiece.
All of the AEPs have a university degree, where most of us have studied a minimum of four years in sport and exercise psychology in Halmstad University. On top of that, we are all experienced in esports and gaming. It is this combination that makes us unique!
Our network spreads across all of Sweden. However, we also offer our work online. So, to put it simply, we are very flexible, and our services may be carried out anywhere!
Our initial position is that anything you or your team tells us is confidential. Further, we pride ourselves in being AEPs, and we do not KAT (kiss and tell)!
Our courses are structured around the information that you require in order to evolve within esports. This could be focused on, for instance, coaching, communication, healthy lifestyle, or performance psychology. During our first meeting, we will make sure to find out what kind of approach is best suited for you.