Sports - Is your head in the game?Jun 09, 2020
The world continues to be gripped by the Coronavirus global pandemic.
It affects everyone, including top-notch athletes, unable to physically train as they would like.
Athletes require many attributes to excel at their chosen sport - practice, de- termination and skill are but a few.
“Sport is 10% physical - and 90% mental.”
Whoever coined the phrase (and no-one actually seems to know!) referred to the too-oft-neglected importance of mental attitude in sport.
Athletes are well aware of how physical condition can affect performance - but how aware are they of MENTAL conditioning?
Sport is largely about strength in adversity, and that makes it particularly rele- vant in our current lockdown world.
Sports coaches are now turning more and more to visualisation techniques, mental strength and positive outlook advice while their athletes are unable to fully address physical concerns during these unprecedented days.
“The power of imagined practice is huge...it reproduces the neurological routes that would occur if we performed the situation in reality” (Fisher, 1986;
cited by Jiménez, 2007)
How can athletes use this period of lockdown to work towards long term success?
Athletes will be feeling the anxiety of being unable to train as they would wish at this time.
It is a time for them to look to their creativity to prevent any dip in perfor- mance.
Here are a few strategies athletes can adopt to maintain levels:
Awareness of health and physical needs - eat, sleep, purpose, planning. Pay close regard to each in turn.
Develop an appropriate training regimen - maintain a routine, at the same time of day.
Talk to your peers - you are not alone and discussion with others in the same situation will help
All athletes know - MARGINS MATTER
And hypnosis - training the mind - can open the doors to those margins.
It can provide and hone:
the certainty that physical and mental elements are in place for optimum per-
the need to remain constantly motivated can be enhanced by positive thought
Focus and Mental Toughness
focus must be intense and constant, concentration high
visualisation of performance
Whatever the sport, whatever the level, hypnosis can give every athlete the
extra seconds, strength, centimetres that lay within those margins.
Throughout the lockdown, I am making available to my local sports clubs a
complimentary one-hour online group session to enable them to access the
psychological side of their sport.
Sessions take place via zoom, so you can choose your surroundings, from a private office to the couch or anything in between. The most important thing is that you are comfortable, warm, hydrated, and relaxed to get the most out of the experience.
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