Self Regulation to Improve Sports Performance

Posted: September 29, 2018

A main attribute of athletic performance is an athlete’s ability to self-regulate. Self-regulation is the athlete’s knowledge of how to calm themselves down through being self-aware and using specific mental skills. Self-regulation has two components I think every athlete can use. The first is goal-setting and the second is the athlete’s ability to self-monitor/self-awareness (internally and externally).  For instance, an athlete may feel agitated due to a miss call by a referee or an umpire in a game. When this occurs, a feeling may come over a player and cause them to emotionally spiral out of control due to this event. Self-regulation allows the athlete to become aware of these emotions and actively incorporate specific mental skills to reengage in their performance. Learning self-regulation skills are powerful tools when looking to build consistency in any athlete’s performance.


Kojo Arhin has his Masters Degree in Sports and Exercise Psychology and is the Founder of The Torch, a mental skills and performance training group. Kojo is also and Strength Coach at Compete Sports Performance and Rehab in Lake Forest. He can be reached through