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 Dr. Matt Johnson may help improve your performance and develop a plan to help your mental game.

Are You a Candidate?

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:

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


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

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