Most sporting events are currently either cancelled or postponed until further notice. This is for the best and will likely prevent many lives from being lost to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) or related complications. However, the pandemic will not last forever. At some point, maybe in a month, or maybe in a year, we will be able to safely return to our normal lifestyles and athletes and performers will begin to train and compete once again.
Can we still train the mental game under quarantine?
If there is no upcoming competition scheduled and we are under quarantine, is there still any value in sport psychology? Assuming that we have all of our basic necessities met (e.g. shelter, food, water, safety), sport psychology training can be immensely valuable at a time such as this. Sport psychology is most important when times are tough and we need to overcome challenges.
Dr. Jason von Stietz has continued to work with athletes by providing online sport psychology training (telehealth). Dr. von Stietz has weekly meetings with a Women’s Premiere Soccer League team. They spend time each week checking-in on how they are managing stress related to COVID-19, doing team building exercises, and honing their mental skills. In recent meetings, they have discussed how they can connect their core personal values to staying motivated to train during a pandemic. For example, it might be a core personal value of someone to be a good teammate, who is dependable under high pressure situations. Therefore, in order to be a good teammate while under quarantine, she must eat healthy foods, go for runs around her neighborhood, and practice soccer drills in her yard. When barriers to these activities arise she must remember her values and overcome them.
Dr. von Stietz recently appeared on The Developing Athlete Podcast to discuss how athletes can cope with the quarantine and continue to train.
If you are interested in learning more about online sport psychology training, please contact us for a free phone or video consultation.
Dr. Jason von Stietz specializes in Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Sport/Performance Psychology in Torrance, CA. He provides online therapy (telehealth) by way of the Torrance office and is available for a free initial phone consultation. Dr. von Stietz works with individuals from Long Beach, the greater Los Angeles area, and the South Bay including Palos Verdes, Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, El Segundo and all over California.