Dr. Raymond J. Petras, B.E., M.A., Ph.D.

Sports Psychology, Pain Doctor, Hypnosis, Concussion Treatment


 Sports Psychology

Mental Training

Sports Self-Hypnosis

Performance Enhancement

Dr. Raymond J. Petras, B.E., M.A., Ph.D.

Dr. Petras' sports psychology, mental training approach
(In office, on-site, over-the-phone)

The sports psychology, mental training sessions are generally conducted in a comfortable office setting, but can be held on-site or over the phone. The sessions usually includes a brief interview, instruction and practice, post session interview and discussion. Office sessions may be followed by actual physical performance review on the field. Dr. Petras' sport psychology, mental training techniques are tailored to meet the athlete's needs and may vary from athlete to athlete. Generally, the sports psychology, mental training sessions last 20 to 50 minutes but can take up to a few hours.

Sports psychology, mental training is most effective in the context of a predetermined series of sessions. These sessions may be daily, weekly or monthly, depending on personal needs and objectives. Although many athletes report significant progress toward their goal after only a few sessions, it takes time to change.

"The feeling is what you are after, rather than just picturing it. It was through actually feeling it in my mind that I started to make all my jumps consistent."  Brian Orser, Olympic Silver Medalist - Figure Skater


What is sports psychology, mental training?
Simply put, sports psychology, mental training is the study of the mind and its behavior in relation to a particular sport, field of knowledge or activity of an individual or group. 

How important is sports psychology, mental training?
Extremely important. Most athletes and coaches at the elite, professional level feel that mental preparation is the difference between winning and losing.

Which sports psychology, mental training group improved the most?
In the U.S.A., sports psychology, mental training has been used to correct problems. Soviet Sports Psychology, however, concentrates on creating methods to maximize performance. In one experiment, four closely matched groups of world-class Soviet downhill skiers diligently trained before the 1980 Winter Games at Lake Placid, as follows:

Group I-           100% Physical Training
Group II-           75% Physical Training, 25% Mental
Group III-          50% Physical Training, 50% Mental
Group IV-          25% Physical Training, 75% Mental

Which sports psychology, mental training group showed the greatest improvement?  View the answer below.

Sports psychology, mental training has been proven to be a valuable tool and is becoming a necessity for many coaches and athletes looking for "THE EDGE."
"I always treated every race as if it were the Olympics, so when I raced in the Games I was mentally ready. " Bonnie Blair, 5 - Olympic Gold Medals, USA Speedskating.
"I feel that Dr. Petras has improved me 100% on my mental preparation this year." Gary Trettel, Football-1990 All American, UST, St. Paul, MN
The  sport spsychology, mental training group showed the greatest improvement was Group IV. This was taken from "Peak Performance-Mental Training Techniques of the Worlds Greatest Athletes" by Charles A. Garfield, Ph.D.


With more research and experience behind them, serious athletes are speaking out on the benefits of sport psychology, mental training. More and more individuals are looking for qualified sports psychology experts and mental trainers to teach them practical sport psychology, mental training techniques to handle the stresses of competition and enhance performance. Organizations such as the Association for the Advancement of Applied Sports Psychology (AAASP) are working hard to develop guidelines for sports psychology, mental trainers. They are also helping to disseminate up-to-date information in the sports psychology field by holding comprehensive seminars.

Sports psychology, mental training must be included along with physical training to meet today's demand for excellence. Those that fail to incorporate sports psychology, mental training into their athletic programs may find themselves unable to catch up.

"Dr. Petras' various (sports psychology, mental training) techniques of visualization and relaxation helped me to focus and gave me a quiet confidence I needed to perform at my very best."  Ron Backes, 1992 US Olympic Shot-put-Barcelona, St. Paul, MN
"The real purpose of (athletic) games is to teach us things that will be valuable for the rest of our lives."  Fred Shoemaker, Professional Golf Instructor
"I always believed that I had all the answers for my athletes, but suddenly I found I was helpless in dealing with an athlete's problem. I never really believed in sports psychologists (sports psychology, mental training).  Dr. Petras changed that. I have total confidence in Dr. Petras."  Joe Sweeney, Coach-Women's Cross Country Running, University of St. Thomas, MN
"I have done a lot of reading. Dr. Petras is one of the few people in the country doing these types of things (sport psychology, mental training) with athletes. His (sports psychology, mental training) work with pain and injury is unique."  Vic Wallace, Head Football Coach, Lambuth University, TN; UST, St. Paul, MN

How can I benefit by using sports psychology, mental training techniques?

Dr. Petras says that you can benefit in many ways such as: better preparation, increased confidence, and more focused sports performance.  One Olympic caliber swimmer, who had plateaued for three years, set three personal bests in one meet, after just two sessions with Dr. Petras for sport psychology, mental training.

Will messing with my mind hurt my performance?
No! states Dr. Petras. You unconsciously use sport psychology, mental techniques all the time. Did you ever hear of psyching yourself up? Getting up for the game? Using sport psychology, mental training techniques in a structured and consistent way has been proven to substantially improve sport performance, not hurt it.

Are these sports psychology, mental training techniques proven, or will I be a guinea pig for someone?
Sports psychology, mental training is merely taking what you are already doing in sport and structuring it.  Most sports psychology, mental training techniques are well known and safe.  Although more research is needed, there is little that one needs to fear when working with a trained professional.

Can these sports psychology, mental training techniques be used to help with injuries?
Yes! states Dr. Petras. Mental techniques can safely eliminate pain due to injury, reduced healing time and improve functionality.

Dr. Raymond J. Petras, B.E., M.A., Ph.D.
Sports Psychology, Pain Doctor, Hypnosis

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Sports Psychology, Mental Training
Sports and Business Performance Enhancement
Sports-Injury, Pain Management
Sports Hypnosis
Sports Visualization
Sports Imagery

II.  "Give Yourself Permission™ - CD's"
Sports Performance Enhancement
Pain Management
Weight Loss
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