Sports & performance Psychology

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Sports & performance psychology

Sports Psychologists play a vital role not only to help athletes improve performance, but also to support their mental well being.

Being a competitive or an elite athlete is not just fun and fame. It takes tremendous motivation, drive, and rigour to reach the start line. However, the journey to the finish line is not just about giving one’s best and trying one’s hardest; it’s more complex than that. On a level playing field, it’s more often a mental game, and psychological flexibility plays a differentiating role in outperforming the competition.

Athletes face increasing pressure both on and off-court while climbing the competitive ladder. Navigating these experiences requires openness to learning, behavioral discipline and psychological resilience.  Just as athletes train to build their sporting skills and physical prowess, they must engage in training and practice to build their toolbox of psychological skills. Unfortunately the latter is often overlooked and underdeveloped. 

In addition, many instances of unforgiving or even toxic environments faced by competitive athletes are coming to light in recent years. These can affect the athlete’s performance as well as his or her’s overall functioning and well-being. Therefore, the role of a sports psychologist is becoming more and more vital in today’s competitive environment.

At Psynaptica, our Sports & performance psychologists have extensive experience working with amateur, professional, and elite athletes to achieve their aspirations. They not only help them improve performance but also lead a meaningful and fulfilling life outside sports. Some of the common areas our Sports and Performance Psychologist work in are

  • Improving performance by helping athletes build skills and habits to
    • Improve Confidence
    • Overcome performance anxiety, choking and fear of failure
    • Build resilience
    • Deal with pressure of training, competing and being in their sporting environment
    • Develop psychological flexibility as well as a growth mindset
    • Adopt healthy perfectionism
  • Supporting athletes achieve positive mental health outcomes and lead a normal, fulfilling life by building skills to
    • Cultivate intrinsic motivation
    • Deal with burnout and toxic environments or cope with injuries
    • Build and maintain quality relationships
    • Set realistic goals and strategies to achieve them
    • Succeed in other achievement contexts such as school and work

Eesha Shah
Sports & Performance Psychologist

B.Soc.Sci (Hons) (Psychology)
M.Sc (Sports & Exercise Psychology)

Eesha is a sports and performance psychologist with several years of experience working with athletes and sports teams. She has developed and delivered psychological programs to individuals, sports teams, and para-sport athletes from regional to world championship events. Previously with the Singapore Sports Institute, Eesha was part of the Team Singapore Contingent at the 2016 Rio Olympians and  Paralympians.

Eesha has a Master of Science in Sport and Exercise Psychology from Loughborough University, the top-ranked university globally for sport-related studies. She is an active researcher and an author in international scientific journals. Eesha is currently pursuing a PhD at the University of Bath.

Eesha also works with other professionals such as dieticians and osteopaths as  part of Body with Soul, an allied healthcare network.

Sports Psychologist, Psynaptica Singapore

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