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Pre-Pro Institute for Sports Psychology



The Pre-Pro Institute for Sports Psychology (PPI) was developed with a mission to screen, diagnose and treat athletes for psychological problems that can cause symptoms which can be hindering to on-field performance. Athletes often face mental blocks to maximum physical performance, and sometimes they don’t know how to cope with them.  Athletes are also human, and have to deal with loss, depression and injuries as non-athletes do. 

At the PPI, we will evaluate every patient psychologically and prescribe a treatment plan. This may include therapy sessions, testing, accupuncture, EMDR and/or medications. Athletes with no overt psychological symptoms can be screened and tested as well.

Treatments are done in a private,  quiet office on the campus of a suburban hospital with ample free parking, thereby maximizing convenience and confidientiality.

Diagnosis & Treatment

PPI looks to treat all patients in a welcoming, non-sterile atmosphere.  The patient will get a full psychological assessment and, if indicated, a psychiatric one (for medications) as well.  Once these evaluations are completed, the team witll discuss an appropriate treatment plan.  The plan may include psychotherapy, medications, counselling or a combination. As Medical Director at three area hospitals, Dr. Feldman has quick access to higher levels of care such as Intensive Outpatient and Partial Hospitalization Programs and Inpatient care if needed.

Often, the new patient can get an appointment within 48 hours with the psychologist and/or the psychiatrist.

What is Sports Psych?

Sports psychology and psychiatry focus on the diagnosis and treatment of psychological illness in athletes while utilizing psychological approaches to enhance wellness and performance.


Patients generally experience regained mental clarity, decreased anxiety and improved mood and thereby experience improved focus in their sport and enhanced performance. Athletes improve their ability to deal with distractions and develop coping skills in the face of defeat, setbacks, and high expectations. In addition, they experience a boost in confidence and learn how to find and enter 'the zone' quickly.


Mental health professionals (psychiatrists, psychologists, and therapists) can diagnose ADD, ADHD, depression, substance use disorders, bipolar disorder, PTSD, OCD, and anxiety disorders that interfere with the athlete's life and often performance if left undiagnosed and untreated. 


A treatment plan is created after the initial evaluations are done.  The treatment team will chart out a plan for the patient's wellness that may include, but is not limited to, psychotherapy, testing, medications and accupuncture.

A. Levin, Sr. Staff Writer Psychiatric News.

H. Newman, PHD.

Athletes are more open about physical injury and illnesses than they are psychological ones. It’s important to recognise that mental illness can affect anyone, and elite athletes are no exception.

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