In addition to its many applications for healing, energy psychology can also lead to fantastic results in sports performance as it helps athletes have a relaxed mind and body when they are playing. We are pleased to have had the opportunity to interview Greg Warburton, a highly successful energy psychology practitioner who has specialized in working with athletes over the past six years.
Greg got his start helping athletes with the Oregon State University baseball team in the spring of 2006. He had numerous conversations with their pitching coach, Dan Spencer, and in 2006, Spencer got the go-ahead to allow Greg to work with the team. Oregon State won back-to-back national championships in 2006 and 2007, and Greg used EFT with key pitchers on those teams. Greg has helped other successful teams and players as well.
In 2012, he worked with University of Arizona pitcher Konner Wade. Wade was struggling early on in the season, and then he gradually improved while working with Warburton. He finished the season with four straight wins, including two complete games in the College World Series. Wade improved so much that one newspaper said his end of the season success “nearly defies expectation”.
Greg’s success with athletes around the country is impressive and so we are excited to present our August, 2012 interview with him. (Note: Content has been edited for the blog)
ACEP: Do you work mainly with teams or individuals?
GW: Both. I work over Skype with individual athletes around the country along with the college teams that I work with. Then I also work locally with middle schools and high schools.
ACEP: Once you present the ideas of EFT to the athletes, are they usually open to doing it?
GW: The most important thing is that I let them know that I am perfectly confident that EFT is useful. Instead of being doubtful and tentative, I make sure they know I believe it will work. And then secondly, I never just talk about it, I have them do it. Then they can feel for themselves that it is making a difference. When they have something they can actually do, it gives them more of a feeling of control.
ACEP: When working with athletes, do you deal specifically with on-the-field issues, or do you delve into the rest of their lives?
GW: I work with them mostly on their sports-related issues. I always let them know, though, that these skills can transfer over into other areas of their lives besides sports.
ACEP: Do you think there are sports that lend themselves to using EFT more than others?
GW: I think it can especially helpful for sports like baseball and golf because players have time in between plays when they can tap on energy points. Otherwise, in terms of preparing athletes before the games begin, it works for any sport because the result is a relaxed body and mind, which is ideal for performance.
ACEP: What’s the biggest issue in introducing coaches and athletes to energy psychology?
GW: When I first started getting into it, I was surprised to find that the biggest issue is de-mystifying sports psychology and mental training. A lot of people believed it was about figuring out what’s wrong with you, and why, and people avoid that. Instead it is about supporting them for being strong enough to take action and choose to learn mental-and-emotional self-management skills they were never taught in school. My introduction is to let the coaches know that I’m not there to replace anyone or try to take their jobs. I let them know that giving the athletes mental training will give them practical skills that will actually take pressure off the coach. I’m not trying to come in and show how a coach was bad or wrong with the way they were coaching their players.
ACEP: What’s your advice for other EP practitioners who want to get started working with athletes?
GW: Well for one thing – those who get into it now will have an advantage as there aren’t that many EP practitioners working with athletes. The best thing to do at first would be to talk with coaches and ask what their team needs as far as the mental and emotional side of sports. Once you get that answer, it will guide you as to how you should continue from there.
For more information on Greg, you can go to his website: http://gregwarburton.com/.
Also, Greg’s audio lecture will be available at our store for $10 for the next week. If you’re interested in purchasing it, click here: http://bandzoogle.com/controlpanel/viewpage.cfm.