Since so many of our articles and blogs are devoted to children’s problems and pathologies, I thought I would range outside of that territory to look at some of the applications of psychology to other, less clinically oriented, areas of study. There are many applications of psychology into the world of sports and enhancing performance in sports, so it appeared like a good place to start.
Much of what makes one better in a sport comes from learning how to play the sport better. Psychologists have long been studying learning, both in infrahuman species, such as the rat and the pigeon, as well as in humans. Transferring this knowledge about learning in the lab to learning on the field has been and is one of the most exciting areas of psychology. Sports psychologists such a Robert Rotella, Ph.D., and his book, [amazon_link id="068480364X" target="_blank" container="" container_class="" ]Golf is Not a Game of Perfect[/amazon_link], have illustrated how psychological concepts can play a role in enhancing one’s playing and, hopefully, enjoyment of the game.
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