Sports Psychology

Effective Client Communication for Health and Fitness Professionals

Effective Client Communication for Health and Fitness ProfessionalsHere’s a recent article I wrote for the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). It focuses on communicating effectively with clients from a behavior change perspective.


“On any given day, a client can walk in for a session and its momentum could be determined by factors out of your immediate control. Inherently, you want to ask what’s wrong and attempt to immediately resolve the situation, but it’s not necessarily the appropriate approach, and could end up harming your working relationship.”  Read the rest…

 

 

Burnout: Avoid it By Maintaining Balance

Athlete BurnoutBurnout is a term used for long-term mental, emotional, and physical exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress. It can be caused by work, exercise, sport, or one’s lifestyle, and may even be influenced by certain personality traits such as being a narcissist, perfectionist, or pessimist (1, 2). Symptoms of burnout include apathy, disengagement, feelings of helplessness, lack of motivation, detachment, and depression. In sport, it can occur as a result of stale habits, too much racing, too much training, or repeated letdown. Burnout can often lead to departure from the sport, overtraining syndrome, and in extreme cases even suicide.

Some celebrity athletes that suffered from burnout include Andre Agassi, Michael Jordan, and Tiger Woods. These top athletes were so deeply consumed within their respective sport, that they had trouble striking a balance between their personal and professional lives.