Dr. Cory Shaffer gave a sports psychology lecture to CESA players and coaches.
GREENVILLE, SC- The Carolina Elite Soccer Academy welcomed Dr. Cory Shaffer of Synergy Performance to MeSA for a sports psychology lecture. Players in our Summer Performance Training program and members of our ECNL boys and girls teams were on hand to learn about how they can play with freedom in order to maximize their performance during the upcoming season.
The lecture, titled “Playing Free,” focused on the F.R.E.E Performance System- Focus, Relax, Engage, Enjoy. Dr. Shaffer sought to educate players on how to manage the inevitable negative distractions that occur within competition and ensure they remain positive.
Shaffer said, “Nearly 70% of our daily thoughts are negative and as humans we are hardwired to be negative. This may help us survive, but it doesn’t help us play our best or free.”
Shaffer went on to discuss how and why positive self-talk greatly benefits any athlete. “Often young athletes believe their performance dictates if they engage in positive self-talk but that’s backwards! Athletes need to engage in positive self-talk before competition which will, in turn, benefit performance,” Shaffer said.
Synergy Performance, based in Greenville, offers a targeted, actionable approach for developing game-changing initiatives that enhance an elite performer’s ability to pursue worthy goals. CESA hopes to offer more sports psychology lectures in the future to benefit all of our teams.
Dr. Cory Shaffer completed his Ph.D. in Sport Psychology from Florida State University (FSU). Prior to his doctoral training at FSU, he completed his B.S. in Human Development with a concentration in Social and Personality Development from Cornell University (2010) and his M.A. from Teachers College, Columbia University (2011) in Developmental Psychology. Dr. Shaffer also works within the Clemson University Athletic Department, most notably with the men’s and women’s soccer programs.