ScholarShift Stories: Sports Psychology

April 27, 2017

Students examine mental aspect of athletic performance and visit Minnesota State University-Mankato’s Center for Sport and Performance Psychology.

Peak athletic performance requires mental as well as physical excellence, and several Shattuck-St. Mary’s students examined the science behind athletic success during a Sport Psychology ScholarShift module held on April 24 and 26.

Led by Dr. Jennifer Farrell, SSM school counselor, participating students learned techniques to help maximize athletic performance, increase mental toughness, cope with sport-related concerns commonly experienced by athletes, and enjoyment and confidence in competitive experiences during the two-session module.

After meeting with Dr. Farrell on Monday, students traveled to Minnesota State University-Mankato’s Center for Sport and Performance Psychology on Wednesday, where they toured the facility, heard from a panel of professionals working in the field of sport psychology, and participated in a mock workshop designed for athletes.

The group also participated in a series of team-building activities to help improve teamwork, communication, and collective cooperation.