Peak Performance and Psychology of Performance

presented by Stephen Graef

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How do you define performing? We often view performing only as the performance that exists in a competitive nature or when there is a defined situation as in dance or acting. However, one could argue that we all perform every day in our jobs, homes, and lives. We can also view the process of injury rehabilitation as performance demand for many of our patients. Sports therapists have the unique opportunity to aid their patients in meeting the performance demands associated with effective rehabilitation. The purpose of this course is to identify and introduce the psychological aspect of performance and conversely, the anxiety that occurs when performance goes awry. This course focuses on strategies and interventions that are aimed on leveraging, if not enhancing, the mental aspect of physical rehab as well as the mental aspect of performance and how it relates to physical rehabilitation and recovery. Join Dr. Stephen Graef as he unpacks the complexities of sports performance through lectures, question and answer sessions, and informative graphics.

Meet Your Instructor

  • Stephen Graef, PhD

    Stephen Graef, PhD

    Steve Graef, PhD is a licensed counseling psychologist in Ohio specializing in sport and performance, as well as common psychological illnesses such as depression, anxiety, and adjustment. He received his Bachelors in Psychology at The Ohio State University and completed both his masters and doctoral degrees in Counseling Psychology at the University of Akron. A former student-athlete himself, Steve recognizes the important role that psychology has in sport and performance, as well as in mental and physical well-being.

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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  1. Peak Performance

    1. Peak Performance

    Dr. Stephen Graef provides background on how performance impacts your athletes’ sport experience and achievement. Participants will leave this chapter with a definition of peak performance, the ability to identify the key components of sport, and the tools to identify the psychological characteristics of peak performance.

  2. Performance Anxiety

    2. Performance Anxiety

    Sport may also be negatively impacted by your athletes’ psychological state and performance anxiety. Learn how to understand the causes of performance anxiety and the influences of anxiety on performance to better detect performance anxiety in your athletes.

  3. Dealing With Performance Anxiety

    3. Dealing With Performance Anxiety

    In this final chapter, join Dr. Graef as he builds upon the foundational knowledge of the previous chapters to equip you with the skills to enhance performance and reduce performance anxiety in your athletes. This chapter includes a question and answer section and provides you with the knowledge and techniques to understand performance in your daily practice.