Cognitive behavioral therapy works to decrease interfering thoughts and increase performance enhancing thoughts and behaviors. Cognitive behavioral therapy focuses on bettering an individual’s current behavioral methods through self talk, imagery, and goal-setting. Setting team goals and personal goals increases the individual’s and the teams performance. There is evidence that self talk increases task performance and confidence which can dramatically decrease anxiety. Exposure therapy is beneficial for when individuals come to terms with what their subsequent task.
Emotions influence athletes motivation and physical functioning which is why it is important to focus on challenging negative thoughts and negative behavioral patterns. Cognitive behavioral therapy can decrease an the impact of negative thoughts and self handicapping cognitions.