Sport Psychology

Texas Health Ben Hogan Sports Medicine - Sport Psychology

The stress of the big game or tendency to choke under pressure can cause some athletes to suffer from mental distractions even when they have the physical skills to perform well. 

Athletes who benefit from sports psychology usually identify mental challenges and distractions in their game and work through them with the help of a trained professional.

Do you struggle to focus or overcome mental hurdles in your sport? Could you be a candidate for sports psychology? A visit with community sports psychologist Dr. Matt Johnson may help improve your performance and develop a plan to help your mental game. Check out our services to learn more.


Candidate for Sports Psychology

Are nerves getting the best of you? Do you feel like your mind is keeping you from performing at the top of your game? Take a quick personal assessment to see if you could be struggling from the mental stress of sports. If you find yourself answering "yes" to any of the questions below, you might benefit from seeing our sports psychologist:

  1. Do you get really nervous in games?
  2. Do you have a hard time performing in practice?
  3. Are you easily distracted in competition and consequently underperform?
  4. Do you have a difficult time staying motivated to continue your injury rehab?
  5. Do you have a "mental block" preventing you from performing your best?
  6. Do you find that your sport is not as fun as it used to be?
  7. Are you struggling to take your game to the next level?


Benefits of Sports Psychology

Players who are looking to overcome a fear or mental block in their game typically learn mental strategies through sports psychology. Sports psychologist Dr. Matt Johnson will help you:

  1. Learn how to stay focused and "psyched up" rather than feel "psyched out"
  2. Learn how to manage performance anxiety
  3. Discover ways to enhance your focus and cope with distractions effectively
  4. Bounce back quickly after a mistake
  5. Perform more "In the Zone"
  6. Learn how to use imagery to enhance confidence and performance
  7. Find solutions to the mental blocks, fears, frustrations and stressors that arise when performing
  8. Create strategies for confidence-building during injury recovery
  9. Get motivated
  10. Learn how to develop resilient athletes
  11. Learn strategies for effective team communication


Sports Psychology Services

Athletes, coaches, and parents focus on developing sport skills, like hitting, putting and dribbling, to enhance performance. This is important. However, without sound mental skills athletes are often left underachieving and lacking confidence even when they have the physical sport skills to perform well. Sport psychology services are designed to help identify areas in an athlete's mental game where they can improve. They will then learn mental skills to improve performance and enjoyment of their sport. Texas Health Ben Hogan Sports Medicine offers the following services:  


Sessions designed to identify personal goals, evaluate strengths and improvement areas, and develop a plan of change to enhance the "mental game" 


Interactive presentations discussing the key mental skills in developing peak performance in a chosen sport such as baseball, golf, soccer, etc. 


Interactive presentations providing strategies for enhancing athlete and team performance 


A series of team building sessions designed to enhance team cohesion and performance 


Dr. Matt Johnson, PH.D., LPC, AASP-CC

Matt Johnson is the sport psychology consultant for Texas Health Ben Hogan Sports Medicine. As a former quarterback at the University of Notre Dame, Johnson understands the "mental game" and has 15 years experience teaching athletes the mental skills to become more focused, less anxious, and more confident toward achieving their "peak performance" as well as "bounce back" confidently from an injury. Johnson works with athletes from virtually every sport from baseball and soccer to golf and equestrian. His clients range from 7-year-olds to Olympic and professional athletes. He has provided clinics and workshops around the country. A former professor of sport and exercise psychology at Texas Christian University, Johnson educates parents and coaches on the latest sport psychology research to enhance performance and enjoyment of sports. Locally, he has served as a sport psychology consultant for the TCU Horned Frogs.