Apparent mental struggles for a couple of professional athletes reminded me of the importance of the sports psychology field.
The Cincinnati Bengals were forced to release their long snapper Brad St. Louis after the veteran consistently snapped high on field goal and extra point attempts. In the National League Championship Series, the throwing issues of Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Chase Utley have become an issue.
I've seen other athletes go through this and I've always thought it would be a very difficult thing to try to work through.
While the sports psychology field involves more than working with such specific cases, it has always interested me how top athletes can suddenly develop apparent mental struggles when it comes to execution. I should point out, that sometimes these problems turn out to be physical in nature and that could be the case with either of these athletes.
As I don't know much about this field, I posted a very general introduction with links to more information on graduate programs in this field. I plan to do some research and profile some of the top schools that offer this type of study.