Ghanaian brain specialist William Kwabena Owusu has encouraged athletes to develop a "mental toolkit" for the 2023 African Games.
Ghana is set to host the next edition of the African Games, with competition expected to be held in Accra, Kumasi, and Cape Coast.
Owusu encouraged Ghanaian athletes to go through "major mental training" to prepare for the event.
"In developing our personality in sports, our mind needs to go through major mental training and goal setting career," he said, as reported by GNA Sports.
"We need to develop our own personal 'mental toolkit' that contains the techniques and strategies we may need to strengthen our mental muscle for the career with all the challenges around.
"Just as you can use equipment to help improve your physical fitness, there are tools we can also use to do the same for our brain to meet the task ahead."
Owusu also discussed the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health, with the global health crisis resulting in the widespread suspension of sport around the world.
"The pandemic adds complexity to the regular daily stress life of the athlete that can worsen an underlying pre-existing psychological problem and even trigger career ending in sports," he said.
"As a specialist, I have noted that due to the pandemic, a lot of athletes want to change sports from a career to hobby."
Ghana has set the target of winning its highest-ever medals total when it hosts the African Games for the first time in 2023.
Ghana has won a total of 185 medals, including 36 gold, since making its debut at the first African Games in Brazzaville in the Republic of the Congo in 1965, leaving them 11th on the all-time table.
At the last Games, in Rabat in 2019, Ghana were ranked 15th on the final medals table.
The dates for the 2023 African Games are yet to be confirmed.