Frequently Asked Questions
What is sports psychology ?
Sports psychology trains the mind to be a force multiplier for the physical performance. Just like your physical conditioning helps you become faster and stronger similarly mental conditioning helps you become mentally tougher.
Do you communicate with coaches/parents ?
Yes, we regularly communicate with coaches and parents. However, this is done only with the athlete's consent.
What is the difference between sports psychology and normal psychology ?
A sport psychologist does not work with mentally ill individuals or prescribe medication but they help individuals deal with challenges, problems, coping with pressure, help them become more confident, help improve focus and motivate them to train and work harder to achieve excellence. Going to a sport psychologist does not mean an athlete is weak but it means that he/she is aware of the important role of mental training in becoming a champion.
Can I seek your services if I do not live in Pune, Mumbai or Bangalore?
Yes, we work with athletes who are not based in Pune. We conduct sessions with athletes on the telephone or video calls, and use email to provide you with your psychological training plan. We do encourage athletes to meet us if they visit Pune and also inform them if we are travelling to their cities.
What exactly does a sports psychologist help with ?
Many athletes and coaches realise the importance of the mental aspect in sport. Our first goal is to assess and profile the individual which allows us to support them with a psychological skills training program to enhance performance.
What kind of results can the typical athlete who receives sports psychology services expect to see ?
Some of the expected outcomes include increase in motivation and confidence; enhance concentration and focus, effective handling of anxiety and pressure, and better performances.
What are some of the reasons that athletes seek sports psychology services ?
Some of the most common reasons why athletes approach us are: stress, anxiety and pre-competition anxiety, lapses in concentration and motivation, controlling emotions, anger management, coping with injuries and setbacks, career transitions and goal accomplishment. However we recommend athletes, coaches and parents to seek services as a part of their build up to becoming a world class athlete.
Why should I work with you for my sports psychology needs ?
We at Samiksha use western psychological techniques in conjunction with Indian psychology which has delivered effective results. We do not believe in the "one size fits all" kind of approach to psychological skills training and therefore design a customised program for individual athletes or teams depending on their needs.
What can both my child and I hope to gain by working with a sports psychologist ?
Sport psychology training can help sports parents and children to develop skills necessary for sport performance at an elite level and also for their holistic development. It will teach you necessary skills such as effective communication for the development of your child.
How do I book a session with a sport psychologist?
You can book your first online taster session by clicking here We also offer e-learning programs for athletes which makes it easy for them to follow their mental training from the comfort of their home. Please click here to find out about our e-learning programs.
How to use the website?
You can browse through our website to know about sport psychology, about Samiksha and to avail our services.
How do I avail the services?
Through the services tab you can go to the sub section that you would like to take up. For example: e-learning or counselling. You will then 'Add to Cart' to make a payment. To make the payment, you must register and login. After you make the payment, your services will be available to you on 'My Dashboard' which will appear on the drop down below your name on the top right of the website.
What if 'Add to Cart' option is not available?
Some of our services will be curated to your needs and thus you need to contact us to avail the service. For example: workshops or teaching.