89- How Sports Psychology Changes the Game with Barrymore Rosellini

89- How Sports Psychology Changes the Game with Barrymore Rosellini

By Bryan Carroll CFMP, NTP, FAFS

October 24, 2019

Have you ever been in a situation where you lost something, but had to bounce back quickly and refocus your attention. Or maybe an injury prevented you from doing an activity you love doing?

These are just some situations that athletes face all of the time. Especially our young athletes, they typically don't get the same recovery periods between games as the pros do, and therefore have to recollect themselves quickly.

But that task can be very tough to do, and it is hard to shake off a defeat or a game changing situation.

This is where sports psychology comes into play. When an athlete faces adversity, how do they rise above the challenge to be successful?


Is Sports Psychology Different Than Other Forms of Psychology

Sports psychology typically focuses on issues that can impact how an athlete plays in their sport. These issues consist of:

  • Losses
  • Injuries
  • Social pressures
  • Grades
  • Parental pressures
  • and a host of other issues that kids typically deal with

When these issues play on their mind, it can cause the athlete to not play at their top level.

With normal psychology, people are still facing issues in their lives, but it isn't specific to sports. Sports can be considered an identity of the athlete, and therefore they may need help navigating these situations.

What To Expect From This Episode

  • What are some distractions that athletes have to work through
  • How coming back from an injury can be a daunting task
  • Mental routines athletes should practice to enhance their game
  • How athletes can mentally recover quickly during tournament situations


  • [2:30] What is Barrymore's background
  • [8:30] Is there much of a difference between sport psychology and regular psychology
  • [10:30] How old should an athlete be before they can be receptive to sports psychology
  • [12:00] Starting in middle school would be a great time because then when they are in different situations as they get older, they will know how to handle it
  • [14:00] How do you shift the focus onto the task at hand instead of what people are thinking about you
  • [18:15] There are so many distractions now for athletes, how do you minimize distractions and keep them focused
  • [21:15] Do you have to provide examples of focused vs unfocused playing
  • [23:45] What are some strategies to work through disappointment and turn around for the next game
  • [26:15] For athletes who have multiple games in one day, such as a tournament setting, how can an athlete bounce back quick from a disappointing loss
  • [29:00] When an athlete has been playing the sport for so long, the sport is part of their identity. What do you do when you are injured or can't play anymore
  • [34:00] Injuries take a long time to heal, then you have to win your spot back on the team. It can totally derail an athlete mentally
  • [35:15] Many parents want their kids to be successful in the sport. How do you get the kids to play for themselves and not for their parents' approval
  • [38:30] What are some mental routines athletes can practice to bring them back to the game
  • [42:45] Learn about Barrymore's developing morning routine

Resources From This Episode

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Transcript For Episode (Transcripts aren't even close to 100% Accurate)

Learn More About Barrymore Rosellini

Barrymore Rosellini teaches us how sports psychology plays a role in how athletes perform

Barrymore Rosellini teaches us how sports psychology plays a role in how athletes perform

About the author

Bryan Carroll CFMP, NTP, FAFS

Bryan Carroll is a certified Functional Medicine Practitioner and Movement Therapist who helps the outdoors community to reduce injuries and improve their health so they can get back to exploring nature. His big health crisis from mold exposure taught him the importance of finding the root causes to illnesses so you can take back control of your life. He is also the host of the Summit For Wellness Podcast.

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