The Art and Science of Sports Psychology: SportMind’s Innovative Method

By Jesse Engelbrecht

By Jesse Engelbrecht


SportMind is changing the face of sport psychology with its innovative approach.

Integrating modern scientific findings with the timeless teachings of Buddhism and Stoicism, the SportMind philosophy provides an all-encompassing method for improving athletic performance. Our goal is to support athletes as they reach their full potential, both as competitors and as people.

Buddhism and Stoicism in SportMind

Buddhism stresses the value of living in the now, being mindful, and not worrying too much about the future. Athletes can benefit from these guidelines because they help them maintain composure under pressure and avoid letting the outcome of a game affect their performance.

However, Stoicism places an emphasis on self-control, discipline, and tenacity in the face of adversity. With these guidelines in mind, athletes can maintain their drive and determination despite encountering challenges along the way.

Scientific Principles in SportMind

Integrating mindfulness practises into athletic training has been shown to boost focus, lower stress, and ease emotional volatility. Similar to how Stoicism teaches the value of developing self-discipline, resilience, and the ability to endure hardship, these traits can serve to inspire one to keep going even when facing obstacles.

A review article published in the Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology summarised several studies and concluded that mindfulness training can improve attentional control, emotion regulation, and stress management, which can enhance athletic performance1.

Furthermore, another study published in the International Journal of Sports Psychology found that mindfulness-based interventions can reduce negative emotions and increase positive emotions among athletes, leading to better emotional regulation and overall well-being2.

Mental Training Techniques in SportMind

The importance of exercise, sleep, and recovery are just some of the contemporary scientific principles that are incorporated into the SportMind philosophy. To further improve motor performance, self-confidence, and anxiety-reduction, we also employ mental training techniques such as imagery and visualisation, goal-setting, and positive self-talk.

True Success in SportMind

We disagree with the idea that you have to compromise your principles in order to succeed. Achieving success in a genuine and long-lasting way requires a strong moral compass, which is why our philosophy emphasises cultivating those traits. Having a strong sense of character, resilience, and mental well-being, in addition to the ability to perform at one’s highest potential, is what we consider to be true success.

SportMind’s Mission

Our mission is to assist sportspeople in reaching their full athletic potential while also fostering a sense of personal contentment, meaning, and fulfilment. Our mission is to help athletes reach their full potential in sports by integrating cutting-edge research with time-tested wisdom.

Want to improve your athletic performance? Join SportMind now! Our groundbreaking sport psychology approach will help you improve mental resilience and focus for success on and off the pitch, court, or track. SportMind will help you reach your athletic and personal potential. Join now to transform your mind!

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Whenever you’re ready, here are 4 more ways you can consume SportMind content to help you train your mind:

  1. Check out the SportMind podcast. And this is my FAVOURITE episode to date
  2. Get your coach in your pocket by downloading the SportMind App on Apple or Android
  3. Ever wanted the tools to Unlock Flow? I have a workshop just for this
  4. Become a SportMind member and gain full access to mental training. Learn more here


1 – Cathcart, S., McGregor, K., & Groundwater, E. (2014). Mindfulness and sport performance. Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology, 8(4), 320-335. doi: 10.1123/jcsp.2014-0039

2 – Lam, W. K., & Smith, A. (2017). A pilot study of a mindfulness-based intervention for adolescent athletes: Impact on present moment awareness, attention, and emotional regulation. International Journal of Sport Psychology, 48(5), 495-515. doi: 10.7352/IJSP.2017.48.495

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