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Track & Field – Cross Country

Track and field is a sport which combines various athletic contests based on the skills of running, jumping, and throwing. The name is derived from the sport's typical venue: a stadium with an oval running track enclosing a grass field where the throwing and jumping events take place.


Track and field is often categorized under the umbrella sport of athletics, which also includes road running, cross country running, and race walking.


When it comes to runners, mental blocks primarily center on maladaptive thought processes. Often times the runner becomes preoccupied with the other runners and as a result falls into bad form/breathing that disrupts their performance. Treatment typically helps the runner refocus their attention on their form, breathing, and positive self talk. Of course, there are other obstacles that can interfere with a runner’s performance and a list of common mental obstacles is listed below.


Common psychological obstacles that can occur:

  • Anxiety (physical and mental)

  • Uneven performance between practice and meets

  • Fear

  • Poor self-talk

  • Doubt

  • Confidence

  • Attention and focus deficits

  • Optimal performance training


If you believe you or your child may be battling with mental obstacles that could be affecting their overall athletic performance, please call MVP Mentality today. Dr. Hennessy can help athletes of any age and level to optimize their performance on and off the field with cutting edge tactics.


With a unique therapy plan designed on a per-patient basis, she knows that the right therapy makes all the difference. Call today at 954-317-0551 or email her at


For more information regarding mental blocks in Track & Field / Cross Country, check out the links below:


The Runner's Mind

How Neurofeedback Can Optimize Performance

Understanding Sports Psychology Services

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