Mental Training & coach
Is physical exercise the only thing you do to get better in your sport?
How can you learn how to maximize your performance or to just being able to perform at an even level? Then it’s time for you to consider getting a mental skills coach who can coach and provide you with the most effective mental training available.
Besides having studied the bachelors program in Sports Science at Malmö University and having three of the worlds highest certifications available in coaching today, my experience in sports started first as a tennis player and later as a basketball player. As an active athlete, I struggled a lot with the mental part of sports. Everything from trying to perform at an even level, handle pressure and the disappointment after a game gone bad. My tools and methods are made to make a difference right away, but also over time to get you to use all your potential! No boring exercises that demand a lot of your precious time which honestly speaking, you would rather spend on other things. My easy and practical approach to mental training are implemented into your regular day to day and has a track record of helping athletes to many achievements, a few being a gold medal in a European Championship and two historic national records.
Tommy has previously been a mental trainer for all students at Sundsgymnasiet in Golf and Equestrian Sports and a sports psychology advisor at the IFC Sports Physiology Center in Skurup. In addition to this, he works with athletes in mental training throughout Scandinavia, everything from athletes at the elite level to young people down to adolescence. Tommy is available for mental training both individually in groups throughout Sweden, based in Malmö. Book a free consultation for you, your team or your association today to see which arrangement can best suit you.
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You are here because you want something more. You want to get the breakthrough that you didn't get on your own. You want to evolve, learn new things and transform into the person you could become if it weren't for your inner saboteurs holding you back. What would be possible if you dared? If you didn't care as much about what others would think? Or if you stopped identifying yourself with what you do or achieve?
Before you decide whether to hire Tommy as a mental coach, you have a 30-minute conversation together that is completely free and unconditional. During the conversation, you will be told what your goals with the coaching are while Tommy tells you more about the process, how many conversations you may need to start with all the other information you need before you start. Click the button below and book your call now!
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Many athletes today have tunnel vision when it comes to their performance. There is a fairly scattered picture that everything is about physical exercise. To some extent this is so. But to really be able to develop as an athlete and push your limits, mental training is also required.
Tommy's background as a mental coach dates back to his time as a tennis player and later as an elite basketball player and coach. As an active athlete, he struggled a lot with the mental part. Everything from being able to keep a steady level, deal with nervousness and disappointment after a poorer performance. His tools and methods are created so that you can feel a positive difference in the mental training tomorrow, and in the long run be able to use your full potential! Your mental training is integrated into what you already do so you avoid tedious exercises that take up large parts of your free time. Tommy's simple and practical approach has helped athletes and teams to the European Championship Gold and historic achievements.
Who is it for and how does it work?
This is both for you who want to build a foundation, learn to perform on a more even level, get more out of your potential, take the next step in your sports career, end up in a slump, face a challenge, lost motivation or something else. Whatever it is, you want to start right.
We start with a first conversation to explore your goals, what you want out of the conversations and how we work together most effectively. Then we start adapting your individual mental training program in the next conversations. Depending on how many calls we have, we then have our calls at approximately two-week intervals. During conversations, we follow up your training program so it develops as you develop, while we go through an overall life philosophy that you get to learn to be able to be most effective in your sport, but also in life. In addition to this, you also get the opportunity to highlight and be coached on your challenges and difficulties in our conversations.
What is mental training?
Mental training and mental coaching is a term used to describe consultants who work to develop the mental and psychological parts of achieving achievement and top results. This can be on the football field, on the stage, in the classroom, in the workplace, etc. Achieving top performance can be complex and requires that the individual can combine a unique combination of physical, technical, tactical and psychological skills and often athletes use a mental trainer to create a routine for their mental training. A mental trainer is an expert on the performance psychological parts of this and understands how an individual's beliefs, perceptions, inner images / dialogue and emotions affect performance.
A mental coach uses this knowledge to help his clients develop their ability to be focused, determined, confident and motivated at all times that require it. In order to train these psychological skills, one must have a systematic mental training program that is designed to build the individual's ability to achieve his goals, even in the event of difficulties and unforeseen adversities.
Mental training is thus about identifying the factors that hinder performance and at the same time improving the individual's attitudes and mental skills so that a healthier and more positive philosophy can be adopted. However, it is important to understand that this not only requires a good mental trainer but also that oneself trains continuously to get better mentally, both on and off the field. Factors that often prevent individuals from performing are high expectations, perfectionism, fear of failure, lack of control over emotions and difficulty concentrating. These are all things that a mental trainer can help with.
Mental training and research
Research has also shown that, in general, among Olympic and professional athletes who win medals and are paid the most compared to their peers, they have better developed psychological skills than less successful athletes. How many of these do you think do mental training? Whether it is with the help of a mental trainer or not. Furthermore, research in mental training also shows that well-developed psychological skills are associated with higher satisfaction in performance and mental well-being. These findings in mental training suggest that psychological skills are important in enabling individuals to push personal boundaries and deal with the dark periods of physical fatigue and mental frustration in the pursuit of personal success, both in sports and outside.
How does mental training work?
Each individual has the ability to be mentally strong and to be able to perform consistently, even in the most difficult conditions. Surgeons, astronauts, managers and athletes are some examples of people who usually take the help of a mental trainer to be able to stay in top mental shape. You can also do a lot on your own, but a mental trainer can help both speed up the process and keep the quality of the mental training high.
Mental strength is at least as important as physical strength when training for a sport. Some questions you can ask yourself before making the decision to hire a mental trainer are the following:
- Do you have difficulty staying motivated?
- Are you struggling with your self-confidence or belief in yourself?
- Do you find it difficult to handle pressure and stress?
- Do you have difficulty staying focused or dealing with distractions?
- Do you wish you could perform better and more consistently?
- Do you find it difficult to handle when you are not performing?
- Do you have a strong inner critic who holds you back?
- Can you linger for bad results for a long time after?
Benefits of hiring a mental coach
So, what are the benefits of hiring a mental coach? Why should you even start mental skills training? More and more athletes see the benefits of making mental training a natural part of their training regimen, which is often made with the help of a mental coach. Sports like soccer, tennis, basketball, golf, karate, MMA and many more are now seeing how important mental training is for performance. Nowadays there’s even teams and athletes that bring their mental coaches to competitions in order to maximize their preparation and performance.
The benefits of hiring a mental coach and start doing mental training are many. Below are a couple examples of what mental training can help you with:
- Bring forward your undiscovered potential.
- Helps you focus your thoughts and actions towards your dreams, goals and tasks.
- Achieve balance between mind and body.
- Become more self-confident.
- Strengthen you self-esteem.
- Take your performance to the next level.
- Get access to a better version of yourself, when you really need it.
- Learn to handle your inner critic, that holds you back.
- Not only in sports performance, but all parts of your life.