Participation in sports can benefit students physically, emotionally and socially. However, when athletes are injured or hit a physical or mental slump, it can affect their confidence and sense of well-being.
To help young athletes cope with these setbacks and develop the psychological tools necessary for optimal performance, St. Luke’s Sports Medicine has brought on sport psychology consultant Chris Williamson, Ph.D., to work with its more than 60 partner school districts and colleges.
Williamson will provide training sessions, educational programs and workshops on research-based strategies to improve physical and mental performance through the development of the mind-body connection. He will also advise St. Luke’s Sports Medicine physicians, physical therapists, athletic trainers and sport performance coaches.
“We’re excited to have Chris join our sports medicine team to provide the best overall care to our patients and our athletes,” said Sports Medicine coordinator Jillian Seamon. “Sports psychology is a critical component in any comprehensive program.”
Williamson, who has a doctorate degree insport and exercise psychology, will use mental strategies to help athletes better cope with competition-related stress, including pressures from parents, coaches and their own expectations. Before joining St. Luke’s, Williamson was working in Florida with elite golfers, including PGA tour participants. He is a graduate of Southern Lehigh High School, where he played baseball.
To schedule a counseling session or book a group educational session with Williamson, contact [email protected]