The primary focus of sport psychology is to utilize psychological interventions to enhance the performance of athletes. The emphasis is on the balanced development of the total person so athletes can maximize their performance potential and enjoy their competitive experiences.

The nature of the sports world creates some specialized needs for athletes. Rigorous practice and workout schedules, injury, fatigue, high expectations from others, and an intense personal desire to succeed. These challenges, along with the normal stressors experienced in everyday life, can feel overwhelming at times. Sport psychology helps athletes and performers of all ages to cope more effectively with the life challenges they face and thrive in the sports arena.




All athletes want to be ready to play when the lights are on and it is time to perform. To be ready to play on a consistent basis is an intentional process.  Athletes need to have well developed psychological readiness skills and manage their personal life challenges. 

Below are some examples of sport psychology counseling topics.

Sport Performance Counseling

  • Confidence building 
  • Effective communication with coaches/teammates 
  • Focus strategies
  • Goal-setting 
  • Imagery 
  • Performance routines
  • Positive mental programming
  • Relaxation training
  • Working through slumps

Personal/Mental Health Counseling

  • Anxiety
  • Concussion Care
  • Coping with injury
  • Depression
  • Disordered eating
  • Family issues
  • Over-training/burnout
  • Pain management
  • Relationship problems
  • Sleep problems
  • Stress management

ACL Care Pathway

Three sport psychology visits are included in surgery and physical therapy packages.

  1. Pre-surgery-Coping with injury
  2. Post-surgery-Mental skills training for injured athletes
  3. Return to play-Managing fear of re-injury and failure

Mental Training Exercises




Reference: Davis, M., Robbins-Eshelman, E., McKay, M. (1995).  Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger.

Ron Chamberlain

Ron Chamberlain, Ph.D. Sport Psychologist

Dr. Ron Chamberlain began working for Intermountain Healthcare in 2014. He is currently the Director of Counseling and Sport Psychology for Southwest Orthopedics and Sports Medicine. In this role, he provides sport psychology services for Dixie State University and the local high school student-athletes. He previously worked as the sport psychologist for the Athletic Departments at the University of Washington, Brigham Young University, and Southern Utah University. He received both his Doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology and his Master’s degree in School Psychology from Brigham Young University. He is a licensed Psychologist in the state of Utah. He is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA), Utah Psychological Association (UPA), and the Collegiate Clinical/Counseling Sport Psychology Association (CCSPA). He is the author of “Ready to Play: Mental Training for Student-Athletes.”

He is originally from Steamboat Springs, Colorado. He competed as a student-athlete for Colorado Mesa University as a basketball player and psychology major.  He and his wife Jeannie have 5 children and 4 grandchildren. He enjoys sports, reading, traveling, and spending time with his family. Sport psychology is his passion because he gets to combine his love for sports and desire to help people live healthier, happier, and more meaningful lives.