There is a long history of hypnosis in sport proving how athletic performance is increased dramatically in many areas, style correction, speed and strength enhancements are particularly effective. Most Champions use some form of hypnosis whether it's visualisation or affirmation and many seek the help of a professional hypnotist or sports psychologist to assist in their mental training.
Sports Hypnotists differ from Psychologists in that they work directly with the Subconscious part of the brain the part that controls our behaviours, so change with hypnosis is often rapid.
The Power of Hypnosis - the Olympics
The use of hypnosis in sports has been around for hundreds of years. In the 1956 Melbourne Olympics, the Russian olympic team took no less than 11 hypnotists todevelop mental clarity and help the athletes with visualisation. In addition out of 20 Australian swimmers named in one Olympic team 12 had been using Les Cunningham’s tapes for two months previously. – ‘Hypnosport’ by Les Cunningham.
Previous to this, in a tour of Australia, England cricket captain Mike Brearleyconsulted a hypnotherapist to improve his game.
In 2009 Twenty20 Cricket cup winners Pakistan had been hypnotised to 'bring back' the cup and to forget past failures.
Also in 2009 British Shot Put champion and Olympian Alison Rodger used hypnosis to focus deeply on where she wanted to go in her sport.
In 1996 Steve Collins beat Chris Eubank for the World Boxing Organisations Super-middleweight title. Much of his sports success being attributed to the focusing of attention created by hypnosis administered by Dr Tony Quinn, himself a formerChampion bodybuilder. Collins was programmed to deliver two punches to Eubank’s one. In the fight Eubank threw 300 punches, Collins threw over 600.
Nigel Benn, WBC Super Middleweight Champion and Frank Bruno, WBC Heavyweight Champion both used Sports hypnosis for Boxing performance enhancement.
Athlete Iwan Thomas and Golfers Ian Woosnam and Tiger Woods were hypnotised. Indian golfer, Gaganjeet Bhullar qualified for the 2009 British Open by using a hypnotherapist to program a winning mind set.
Football has also been tainted by the hypnosis bug with Ipswich Town and Swindon Town enjoying successes following sessions with a therapist.