Dr. Chapman is an Approved Mentor of the Association for Applied Sports Psychology (AASP) for those aspiring to practice in the field of Sports Psychology.
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Dr. Chapman is a Mental Health Expert for TruSport as part of the USADA.
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Dr. Chapman has extensive experience working with a variety of athletes at different levels from youth sports (middle and high school, club athletes) to professionals and Olympians. A highly accomplished, sprinter and football player in college, Dr. Chapman understands how to assist athletes from a practical, physical and psychological perspective (to read more about Dr. Chapman’s athletic accomplishments in track and field, click here). Athletes at any level who are dedicated to enhancing their mental toughness (conditioning) in order to reach their athletic potential would be good candidates for Dr. Chapman’s work. Dr. Chapman is also a member of the Association for Applied Sports Psychology (to read more about AASP click here).
Dr. Chapman typically works with athletes for 4-5 weekly sessions by providing each athlete with an individually tailored, mental routine in order to enhance the athlete’s performance during competition. Most athletes follow-up at various times throughout their careers for booster sessions in order to “tweak” various skills or have further mental conditioning in other areas, such as process-goal setting. Along these lines, most athletes struggle with focusing exclusively on the outcome of competition (stats, wins/losses, scores, etc.) whereas mental conditioning emphasizes the process (preparation, mechanics and technique, position responsibilities, etc.) of competition, which leads to outcome. Athletes who work with Dr. Chapman undergo mental conditioning that includes but is not limited to the following:
- An initial completion of a mental skills assessment to determine the specific mental skills that need to be enhanced during competition. This is always the first step in Dr. Chapman’s mental conditioning process.
- Athletes are taught the importance of developing breathing skills (known as the “easy button”) before, during, and following competition
- “The glue” of mental conditioning is teaching athletes the importance of realistic and positive self-talk: athletes will learn the necessity of selecting appropriate self-talk prior to competition, how to recover from poor performances, and the necessity of developing ongoing monitoring of self-talk
- Athletes will learn the importance of developing mental imagery/visualization and its relationship with “muscle memory”
- Athletes will learn how to concentrate during high pressure situations by utilizing self-directed cues during competition
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Dr. Chapman describing performance anxiety as a part of the Truesport Expert Series
Dr. Kevin Chapman explains the source of performance anxiety and offers advice to parents and coaches on how to help young athletes manage anxiety in sports, school, and other social environments
Regulating Anger On and Off the Field
When it comes to youth sports, we’ve all seen the shocking videos of parents letting their emotions fuel violent outbursts against other parents, coaches, and even young officials. But what if that angry outburst comes from one of the athletes on the field? How would you as a coach or parent help your athlete manage that outrage?
How Coaches Can Help Kids with Mental Health Challenges
Young athletes face tough transitions on a regular basis. Whether it’s something big, like a move to a new school, or just the start of a season with a new coach, these transitions can be significant sources of anxiety. But you can help your young athlete navigate these challenging times. Click on the button below for more info.
“At the end of the day, it’s important for you and your athletes to understand that as a coach, you are not invincible,” says Chapman. “It’s so important to normalize having a range of emotions.”