SPORTS HYPNOSIS IN THE NEWS
Pakistan cricket team hypnotised for upcoming Twenty20 World Cup
As part of their home preparation for the Twenty20 tournament, the Pakistani players have included a number of hypnosis sessions to develop their self-belief and focus. Hypnotist Maqbool Babri believes the players took to the hypnosis easily, and he is confident his efforts will ensure they will bring the World Cup back to Pakistan.
British shot put champ credits hypnotherapy for her British Title
Shot put champion Alison Rodger credits much of her recent improvement in form to a hypnotherapist she’s been seeing. “She had a discussion with me, about how I was feeling, about where I’d come from and what I wanted to do in my sport, and in work and life generally. Then she’d hypnotise me for an hour. It totally relaxed me. It was brilliant. It’s totally changed my career.”
Golfer uses hypnosis to get into British Open
Up and coming Indian golfer, Gaganjeet Bhullar, has revealed he has been visiting a local hypnotherapist to overcome his self-doubt, and improve his shot visualisation and pre-shot routine. Gaganjeet recently qualified for the 2009 British Open, crediting his new winning mindset with helping him achieve this prestigious berth.
Hypnosis CD helps cyclist take top spot
A Tour of California winner and Olympic cyclist has endorsed a cycling hypnosis CD which helped him reach his peak in the USA’s biggest race. Levi Leipheimer says the CD helped him win the Tour twice, and achieve a third place in the Tour de France, and Bronze at the Beijing Olympics.
Basketball player uses self-hypnosis to block pain
A New Jersey college basketball player with severe arthritis regularly uses self-hypnosis to block the pain in her knees, wrists and elbows. Dani Dudek was taught the simple process while at high school, enabling her to continue with her sport at college.
Ipswich Town employs Ozzie hypnotist
An Australian hypnotist has been helping English football club Ipswich Town improve their performances on the pitch, with team hypnosis sessions and pre-recorded CD’s for the players to use in their own time. Despite some sceptism, Ipswich now appear to be on somewhat of a winning streak, with 3 wins and a draw in their last 4 games.
First Certificates in Sports Hypnosis awarded
Graduates of a new post-qualifying Certificate course in Sports Hypnosis, presented by The Centre for Sports Hypnosis in London, were awarded their certificates on Tuesday, following the successful completion of a 2-day training course and an associated exam.
Swindon Town turns to hypnosis to halt slump in form
Following a poor run of form, League One Swindon Town’s manager Maurice Malplas has brought in a hypnotherapist to work with the team on an individual and team basis. Initial signs are good, as Swindon went on to win their first home game in 5 matches.
US Karate Champion overcomes injury with hypnosis
After being off injured for 6 months, US karate champion Billy Finegan struggled to get back on form as the injury played in his mind whenever he competed. At the suggestion of his coach, Finnegan visited a hypnotist in his hometown, and within 3 sessions he regained his confidence and won the National Championships. He now uses self-hypnosis regularly.
Hypnosis helps pole vaulter reach new heights
Australian Steve Hooker cleared 5.9m yesterday to take the gold medal at the Beijing Olympics, Autralia’s first gold in athletics since 2000. Hooker credits his success to hypnotherapy which helped him overcome his fear of vaulting and taught him effective visualisation, which he used to visualise himself in the Bird’s Nest stadium leading up to the games. Hooker’s much improved confidence has him knowing what the result will be before he’s even started his run-up.
Sports Hypnosis gets Olympic Gold!
Over the weekend, 19-year old American Vincent Hancock took gold in the Olympic Skeet in Beijing. Hancock ended up in a shoot-off with Norwegian Tore Brovold, and went on to win when Brovold was the first to miss. The US team’s sports psychologist, Daniel Vitchoff, credited Hancock’s calmness and intensity to the psychologist’s use of hypnosis to teach him how to relax, control his emotions and stay positive.
American Football gets a dose of hypnosis
The Nevada football team has revealed that hypnosis has been a central part of their training for over a year, thanks to a team member’s father who is a sports psychologist. Dr Brian Lippincott hypnotises the players before each match to help them be more aggressive and to think clearly .
MotoGP star boost confidence with hypnosis
The Independent interviews Spanish MotoGP star Jorge Lorenzo about his battles with crashes, injuries and his father. Following a tempestuous season, and increasingly unsporting behaviour, Jorge went to a hypnotherapist to deal with his low confidence.
Karate master uses hypnotherapy to break record
A Cornwall black belt karate expert has smashed the world record for break concrete blocks. Ed Byrne broke 55 blocks in under 5 seconds, after using hypnotherapy to visualise the record..
Rugby League Star uses hypnosis for injury problems
Following a number of injuries and resultant surgery, Rugby League star Shontayne Hape has revealed hypnosis helped him cope with the mental strain of three operations to his knee.