DESIGNED FOR DEVELOPMENT
Unlike other sport psychology and mental skills assessments on the market (which were designed for scouting or identifying future team members), our self-evaluation system was designed for developing athletes. The advantages of our approach are that we focus on both traits and states of the athletes. Traits are relatively stable attributes of the athlete that the athlete must “learn to live with” during their athletic career (such as their personality). States are more dynamic attributes of the athlete (such as focus and motivation) that can be molded and shaped with practice and mental skills.
Our process begins with a detailed, quantitative self-evaluation of critical mental dimensions for athletic performance. Our proprietary Athletic MindSET were developed and validated with the latest standards in psychometrics and psychological theories of performance.
The Athletic MindSET measures the key areas identified in the latest scientific sport psychology research-base that have been shown to drive individual performance, including individual preparation-related variables (e.g., motivation), competition-related variables (e.g., focus), and teamwork-related variables (e.g., team orientation). The athlete assessment model is based on psychological dimensions that have been shown in numerous research studies to influence athletic performance. Additional dimensions from the broader performance effectiveness research are assessed to capture aspects of an athletes' preparation approach, which ultimately influences their performance.
The Team Mentalytics Assessment measures the key dimensions that drive team performance, including team process dimensions (e.g., conflict management), team culture variables (e.g., values), and other team attributes (e.g., collective confidence in the team). The assessment model is based on a combination of research from organizational work teams and sports teams to provide a comprehensive evaluation of team effectiveness. The assessment is different from any other competitor in that it measures characteristics that only exist at the group level. For example, culture and cohesion are dimensions that reflect a shared property of the team and are inaccurate when assessed by a single person's opinion, such as the coach. But when an entire team is surveyed, their data can be analyzed and aggregated to a higher level of understanding of the collective property of the team.
Our reports go far beyond just scores and numbers to provide instruction and actionable feedback specific to each athlete. Based on the results of our assessments, we prepare reports for each member of an athlete’s supportive network. For teams, we provide insights into the unique aspects of team interaction with coach-directed feedback and guidance. Our reports help athletes, parents and coaches focus directly on the areas of mental performance that require the most attention.
Athlete ReportDirect feedback, guidance and coaching for the athlete on their mental strengths and weaknesses
Parent ReportFeedback and strategies for parents to help develop the athlete from a parent perspective
Coach ReportFeedback and strategies for coaches to identify the best teaching approach, motivation techniques, and critical situations where an athlete needs the most assistance with their mental game
Team ReportHigh-level reporting on collective strengths and weaknesses of the team, like cohesion, coordination, and conflict management with strategies for improvement
Our athlete development model uses two primary methods to improve performance: 1) increasing self-awareness to change athlete thinking, and 2) using mental skills to change behavior.
Sport psychology is the application of several disciplines of psychology, including social, cognitive, clinical, and physiological psychology. Sport psychologists apply theories from these various disciplines to facilitate peak performance, enhance participation in sport, and help athletes overcome problems that impede performance. Many of the techniques sport psychologists use are qualitative in nature, meaning they examine issues using interviews or observations to provide evaluations and solutions that the psychologist believes will resolve the issue. Traditional sport psychology consultants using a clinical model take a more directive approach where the consultant is the expert/diagnostician (a doctor-patient model).
Helpful LinksAssociation for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP)
American Psychological Association (APA) - Sports and Performance
Organizational psychology (aka industrial/organizational psychology) is the scientific study of individual, team, and organizational performance using psychological theories and the scientific method. Organizational psychologists examine how attitudes, beliefs, norms, and other psychological phenomena affect behavior of individuals and groups. Many of the problems that organizational psychologists solve include how to select, motivate, and develop members of organizations. Organizational psychologists study both individuals and groups to maximize their performance. Many of the techniques organizational psychologists use are quantitative in nature, meaning they examine issues using data and statistics to provide objective evaluations and solutions. Organizational psychology consultants typically use a process consultation approach, where the consultant helps the human system help itself, rather than prescribing solutions.
Helpful LinksSociety for Industrial-Organizational Psychology (SIOP)
American Psychological Association (APA) - Industrial-Organizational
"Sports Mentalytics reports help coaches get to know their team and how to manage each player better. The reports are so detailed and thorough that after even a quick review, you can learn how to motivate players and help them reach their fullest potential. You can dive into coaching mental weaknesses of a new player right away. Normally it takes a long time to identify these weaknesses, let alone coach them. The information in the reports is instrumental in athlete development plans to improve weak areas and keep building on strong areas."
Towson University Lacrosse 2001-2006, Captain of the 2006 Team (3-time Conference Champion and 3 NCAA Tournament appearances)
U-15 Head Coach, True Lacrosse. 2010 - 2013
U-15 Cead Coach and Defensive Coordinator, All Shore Lacrosse Club (Mid-West & IBLA champions - Spring 2015)
"The most interesting part of my experience was the amount of data I received just from taking a quick survey. I learned that although I have good leadership potential as well as the grit to endure lengthy practice sessions, my focus during competitions was way down. The development exercises recommended for focusing have helped me to stay in the moment and not get distracted. The Athlete Report is helpful to athletes because it can be difficult to sit back and self-analyze your performance without the proper tools and reports that Sports Mentalytics provides."
PGA Apprentice/Assistant Golf Professional
Lake Forest Golf Club, Ann Arbor, MI