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Sport & Performance Psychology

What Is Sport & Performance Psychology?

Sport & Performance psychology is a subdivision of psychology that examines psychological factors influencing optimal human performance. It focuses on domains such as sport, business, and creative pursuits. Established principles of performance psychology are employed to assist professionals at the top of their game, produce superior results often under pressure of competition, role, or spectator expectation.

 

Antonio Cordero, Ed.M., LPC helps athletes and professionals overcome problems that impede performance. He uses strategies that help clients maximize their physical prowess; he can work with clients to overcome anxiety or a traumatic experience, such as a ski fall, that is affecting confidence. Other clients might need help communicating with colleagues or teammates or accepting a coach’s critiques.

How does it work?

Sport and performance psychology involves the use of evidence-based approaches, methods, and interventions. It also includes a consideration of relevant cultural variables that may be impacting one’s experience. Sport and performance psychology utilizes a combination of individual and group consulting or counseling, depending on the needs of the client. Although there are many potential intervention targets (e.g., goal setting, concentration, motivation, relaxation, imagery), the general objective is to teach mental skills necessary to perform consistently.

 

Achieving peak performance involves more than reaching peak physical fitness. Potential isn’t realized by chance, and we know that natural ability is only part of the equation. The field of sport and performance psychology focuses on providing every performer the resources to power their inner edge by strengthening the ability to perform, as well as the ability to thrive. By researching, training, and serving performers’ comprehensive mental needs, we elevate their performance and well-being so they can realize their greatest potential.

I’m not an Athlete. Can Sport & Performance Psychology help me?

A common misconception is that sport and performance psychology exists only to help elite athletes win. But athletes aren’t the only clients. Doctors may need help gaining the confidence to return to the operating room after losing a patient. Actors or comedians may need support getting back on stage following a poor review.

In all of these situations, tapping into the potential of human performance is the key so that individuals can hone resilience skills and perform at their best.

Antonio Cordero of Therapeutic Recovery Network supports people at every age and across a variety of performance contexts, including the following:
 

  • Sport (athletes and coaches)

  • Business Professionals (executives) 

  • Performing Arts (dancers and musicians) 

  • Exercise (persons of all ages and activity levels)

  • Tactical (military, firefighters, police)
     

Antonio works in a range of settings including youth / club sport, high school, collegiate, professional / semiprofessional, and Olympic/Paralympic.

In addition to graduating from Boston University with an Ed.M. in counseling psychology and a specialization in Sport Psychology, he is a Licensed Professional Counselor and trained in Brainspotting Phase I & Phase II. He is also trained in CBT, DBT, and Polyvagal Theory, and works from attachment-based, IFS, and EFT informed approaches in conjunction. Antonio can make a difference by helping reduce performance anxiety, improve concentration and communication, build confidence, and set goals.

Sport Psychology Experience:

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA 

Sport Psychology Intern — Swimming and Diving

Conducted group sport psychology workshops. Guided and supported athletes seeking sport psychology services. Built rapport with players, coaches and administrative staff. Facilitated individual sessions with athletes and coaching staff to maximize performance.

  • Wheelock College, Boston, MA 

Sport Psychology Intern — Men’s Tennis

Conducted group sport psychology workshops. Guided and supported athletes seeking sport psychology services. Built rapport with players, coaches and administrative staff. Facilitated individual sessions with athletes and coaching staff to maximize performance.

  • Wheelock College, Boston, MA 

Sport Psychology Intern — Women’s Field Hockey

Conducted group sport psychology workshops. Guided and supported athletes seeking sport psychology services. Built rapport with players, coaches and administrative staff. Facilitated individual sessions with athletes and coaching staff to maximize performance.

  • Berkmar High School, Lilburn, GA

Sport Psychology Consultant — Track and Field       Conducted group sport psychology workshops in specific areas including goal-setting, arousal regulation, and imagery. Guided and supported athletes seeking sport psychology services. Built rapport with players, coaches and administrative staff.

  • Boston English High School, Boston, MA 

Coaching and Sport Psychology Intern 

Guided and supported students facing academic and behavioral challenges. Built rapport with students and administrative staff. Facilitated individual and group sessions with students. Developed, designed, and led a soccer group implementing culturally sensitive interventions to increase socioemotional development and strengthen academic success.​

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Antonio offers counseling sessions for residents of Georgia & Michigan living in Cumming, Gainesville, Atlanta, Alpharetta, Savannah, Macon, Augusta, Athens, Ann Arbor, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Lansing, Flint and all areas in between.