Athletes Who Have Used Hypnosis?
Every sport has both a physical game and a mental game, so its no surprise many top athletes have used the services of a professional hypnotist to bump their performance to the next level.
Now hypnosis will not transform an athlete who is unwilling to put in the blood, sweat and tears necessary in training into a top performer. Where it can be invaluable is for what is called "state management." When you experience excessive fear and stress, it can be nearly impossible to access your fine motor skills. Hypnosis can help mitigate those stimuli that trigger the anxiety that in turn hampers your performance.
Below is a list of well-known athletes who are known to have used the services of a professional hypnotist at some point in their career.
Golfers Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus both used hypnosis to block out distractions and increase focus on the course.
Gymnast Mary Lou Retton used hypnotherapy to block out pain in her injured foot during the 1984 Olympics.
Tennis great Jimmy Connors advocated the use of hypnosis to maximize his skills.
Boxer Ken Norton used the services of a professional hypnotist prior to his bout where defeated Mohammed Ali.
Iron Mike Tyson used hypnosis frequently during his early career.
Australian pole vaulter Steve Hooker used hypnosis while training for his Olympic gold performance in 2008.
Phil Jackson, the winningest coach in NBA history, used hypnosis with players including Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant to help power his teams to victory.
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