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Sports Psychology

Sports psychology is a form of applied psychology often used to enhance athletic performance. While consulting with a sports psychologist, athletes can explore eight areas that are widely believed to have the most influence on athletic performance:  goal setting, psychological preparation, productive analysis of strengths and weaknesses, stress/anxiety management, concentration/focus, productive management of emotion, energy level and consistency.   Sports psychologists utilize these and other psychological principles in order to optimize individual performance.   Sports psychology can also address other emotional barriers that are preventing an athlete from performing at his/her optimal level. These services can occur through individual consultation, within small groups, or entire teams.

Sports psychology services include the following areas:

  • Anxiety
  • Eating behaviors/nutrition
  • Concentration difficulties
  • Performance under pressure
  • Injury
  • Motivation
  • Confidence
  • Responding to setbacks and disappointment
  • Goal setting
  • Relaxation training
  • Consistency

Who provides the services?

Consultation is currently provided by Dr. Tami Savage of Cal State‚Äôs Student Health and Counseling Services. Tami Savage, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist with an expertise in Sports Psychology. She has been working with CSUSM athletes for several years.  Dr. Savage consults with both individual athletes and CSUSM teams. 

How do I make an appointment?

Please call SHCS 760-750-4915 to schedule an appointment.

Walk-in consultations are also possible depending on counselor availability. Individual sessions are confidential and can be specifically tailored to meet the individual needs of each athlete served.