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Swim Sport Psychology’s training guides help you tap into your full potential using proven training techniques.

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Mastering the Mental Game of Swimming

Swim Sport Psychology Training Guides systematically prepare the swimmer for a competition environment that demands maximal effort, with attention to pacing and precise technical execution, pain & fatigue tolerance, and for a long duration race day which requires optimal recovery. Swim Sport Psychology’s overall sport psychology program encompasses performance and health, in and out of the pool.

Who we are

Dr. John Heil, DA, FAASP, FAPA

Dr. John Heil is a sport and clinical psychologist with Psychological Health Roanoke. He works with Olympic, professional and aspiring athletes, and has consulted at 3 Olympic Games. Dr. Heil also works in police and public safety, and in the medical field, where he is widely published in the psychology of sport injury.

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Check out Swim Sport Psychology’s repository of questions answered by internationally known clinical sport and clinical psychologist Dr. John Heil.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Os0LF1tVMk4&t=3s Organizational Dynamics in Failed Mitigation of Sexual Violation John Heil Abstract: Organizational response is the tipping point in any incident where social justice is in question.  This paper seeks to...

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Dr. Heil Featured in Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology

Dr. Heil was recently published in the book Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology - Theories and Applications. He contributed to a chapter titled "Sport injury: psychological consequences and management strategies." This book brings together world-class...



More and more athletes at the highest levels, are talking about “having fun out there.” This may seem like a no-brainer, particularly to those whose time at play is invariably cut short by the need to work. Who wouldn’t enjoy turning play into bucket loads of money?...

Sport Psychology for the Injured Athlete

To an athlete, injury can be annoying or devastating, or fall anywhere in between. The ability to avoid injury and to return to play quickly when injured, are critical to success. When injury does occur it is useful to approach rehabilitation as part of the game that...

Sport Psychology and the “Zone”

Consider the quote from swimmer Jeff Rouse, following his gold medal backstroke race at the Atlanta Olympics. I remember the start… the next thing I knew I saw the finish flags overhead Athletes and coaches have always understood that training the mind is as critical...

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