By Stacey Vornbrock, MS
I've been taking EFT to professional athletes since 2003, and feel the need to share what I have discovered.
There isn't one professional or amateur athlete that has come to me wanting a statistical result. Not one athlete has come to increase his batting average, take a stroke or two off his game, kick further, throw further, etc.
They have all come to me to have their mental blocks removed because they know that once those blocks are gone, they will absolutely perform at their highest level, whatever that is.
These are some of the issues they have come for: anxiety, loss of confidence, fear of re-injury, recovery from injuries, loss of range of motion, past performance trauma, mechanical challenges, fear and doubt, stress, relief from pain, lack of consistency, improve focus, and improve mental discipline.
Here’s what one of my Olympic athletes said about EFT:
"Tapping frees me to be a better athlete, tapping doesn't make me a better athlete. There is a correlation between an athlete having a clear state of mind and tapping. Tapping frees me up to throw further and tapping frees me up to focus. Tapping has given me the possibility of reaching my full potential."
EFT didn't cause my college football kicker to land his 46 and 47-yard field goals because he could kick 60-yard field goals in practice. EFT removed any of his performance mental blocks so he could perform well under pressure at what he already knows how to do.
This is true for all my athletic clients. EFT simply removes the mental blocks that stand in the way of performing at their highest level, whatever that is. The highest level isn't the same for every athlete. Not every athlete has the talent to win. Not every athlete has the talent to have a high batting average or set records in their sport.
There are two major areas that factor into an athlete’s statistical success. The first area has to do with all the issues mentioned above: injuries, anxiety, loss of confidence, etc. This is the area that I can absolutely have a big impact on with EFT and I have had great success in removing mental blocks to sports performance.
The second area involves factors that also go into their statistical success that I can’t control. These include: their level of talent; their amount, commitment, and quality of practice; whether they continue to tap as needed; their nutrition (many athletes have very poor nutritional habits); competition conditions; weather; the defense they play against and the defensive level of talent. This second area that I can’t control plays a much larger factor in statistical results.
When we attach EFT to an athlete’s statistical results we are severely short-changing the power of EFT because when their stats go down (and they will fluctuate) it will look like EFT isn't working anymore or that EFT failed them. What’s sad is that by continuing to focus on EFT and statistical results we miss the really big news about what EFT can do for athletes, and that is to remove all their blocks that keep them from performing at their highest level.
Here’s what I can report statistically about the athletes that I’ve worked with:
- 100% have eliminated or significantly reduced their anxiety so it is no longer an issue when they play their sport
- 100% have reported improved confidence
- 100% no longer have a fear of re-injury of the part of their body that was injured
- 100% have completed the healing of old injuries
- 100% have accelerated the healing of current injuries
- 100 % have increased their range of motion by at least 20%, often much more (a 10% increase is considered outstanding)
- 100% have cleared up their past performance trauma
- 100% have made mechanical changes within minutes during a session
- 100% have released the doubt and fear about their performance issues
- 100% report relief from pain, in most cases the elimination of pain
- 100% have improved their consistency in their performance
- 100% have significantly improved their ability to focus while performing
- 100% have improved their mental discipline
The big news isn't about EFT producing statistical results. The big news is that EFT removes the mental blocks.
In the world of golf, there are numerous clubs and pieces of equipment that promise to take strokes off your game. But no one is saying to these golfers “I can eliminate or significantly reduce your anxiety on the golf course. I can increase your range of motion so you are more fluid in your swing. I can clear out all those bad shots you've made in the past. I can help you make mechanical changes in your swing in minutes vs. years.”
In the world of baseball, there are coaches who will help players with their batting averages or ERAs. But no one is saying to these ball players “I can totally eliminate your fear of re-injury. I can help you manage your adrenaline on the field. I can help your body make a quick physical recovery after the game so you feel ready to play the next night. I can help you increase your focus at bat and see the ball come out of the pitcher’s hand.”
But most all athletes know that once any mental blocks are removed with EFT, their sport statistics will take care of themselves.