What Is Sports Psychology? - Fit Armadillo

What Is Sports Psychology?

podcast episode 194 on sports psychology

What Is Sports Psychology? Sports Psychologist Emily Saul Explains

What does a sports psychologist do? Today's guest, sports psychologist Emily Saul, helps answer this question. Our conversation begins with Emily's insights on mental toughness, the topic I heard her speak about as part of a panel at the Boston Marathon earlier this year.  Listen in to learn about the importance of self talk and how to build your own confidence as you work on your athletic goals.  Next, Emily pulls back the curtain and shares what it's like to work with a sports psychology coach one-on-one.  You'll learn how sports psychology, a form of positive psychology, differs from traditional psychology. Emily started her sports psychology practice because she discovered, firsthand, what kind of transformative, life-changing, self-changing force physical movement can be and her passion really shines through when she speaks! Beyond her work as a sports psychology coach, Emily has been a big part of the November Project which she shares more about in part II of our conversation as well as how to regain your motivation if you're stuck in a fitness rut.

About Emily Saul

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I have a Master’s degree in Sport Psychology and am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. Since 2014, I have been co-leading the free fitness movement November Project in Boston, where I motivate and challenge athletes of all abilities and walks of life, from those who “have never run before,” to those who are returning to fitness of some kind, to elite athletes of all kinds, all while harnessing the power of community.

I was a Division I collegiate rower, coached Strength & Conditioning at Harvard for seven years, and am an avid marathon runner on road and trail. 

I have a deep desire to help athletes, fitness enthusiasts, and anyone who moves to find the potential inside them. Drilling into the mysteries and nuances of the athletic brain and igniting its full power is my passion and my calling. I am confident in my ability to see the “awesome” inside you and together we can help you discover your potential most fully. More >>

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