I know back in high school my basketball coach focused on a little sports hypnosis if you will while working on free throws. I guess it wasn’t totally hypnonis but focusing on seeing the basketball in the hoop before shooting is a good Psychological mindset to follow. Anyway this hypnosis article by Dr. Jack Singer is worth the read! Enjoy 🙂

Can Sports Hypnosis Work for You? Part I

Dr. Jack Singer

Get an inside look at the power of sports hypnosis. World renowned expert, Dr. Jack Singer, will give you all the details about sports hypnosis and how it’s worked so well for professional athletes!

There are so many myths and misunderstandings regarding hypnosis, that the tremendous advantages of the use of sports hypnosis for any athlete is often overlooked. Hypnosis and self-hypnosis are actually commonplace occurrences that most of us engage in on a regular basis without realizing it. How many times have you noticed that when you are driving, you are surprised when you arrive at your destination without noticing the familiar scenery or landmarks along the way? It was almost as if you were driving on automatic pilot, while your conscious mind was focused elsewhere. This highway hypnosis is an example of going into a trance while your eyes are wide open, similar to an athlete using self-hypnosis during a game.

And think about all of those times in school when you were in a boring class and found yourself daydreaming or thinking about your girlfriend or boyfriend. This mental visualization is also a type of hypnotic state. So, most of us actually have been hypnotized thousands of times without realizing they were engaging in self-hypnosis.

However, our sports history abounds with fabulous examples of athletes using hypnotic and self-hypnotic techniques to overcome adversity and enhance their performance. Sports hypnosis experts, like myself, have taught hypnotic techniques to athletes in literally all sports, to enhance such important dynamics as intensity, focus, consistency, concentration and anxiety control.

More specifically, as a small sampling of my own success using these techniques with athletes, I have accomplished the following with hypnotic techniques:: football quarterbacks developed imagery, footwork and anxiety control during oncoming rushes; basketball players increased their free throw percentage, police Olympic shooters dramatically increased their accuracy, tennis players skyrocketed their intensity, confidence and strength during changeovers, golfers learned to ignore past errors and stayed in the moment on each hole, hockey players learned to visualize setting up scoring plays during their shifts, and athletes with chronic, debilitating pain learned how to actually eliminate their pain!

In future articles, we will discuss specific sports hypnosis techniques, post hypnotic suggestions and positive affirmations that have proven extremely successful in specific sports.

Dr. Jack Singer is a consulting Sport Psychologist and Professional Speaker, based in Laguna Niguel, CA. Ph: (800) 497-9880 Cell: (949) 510-5660 Email: drjack@funspeaker.com Web: www.funspeaker.com You can also learn more about Dr. Jack Singer on the Championship Performance web site: www.championshipperform.com, then click on the motivational speakers link and look for Jack’s name.