The Learning Process
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Mental AgilitySuccess in Sports
Many prospective athletes lack the natural skills, but with training and perseverance to they can overcome many physical limitations. Being shy, nonassertive, generally lacking a desire to perform in public can be a major hurdle to overcome. The mind is a powerful tool that can help to overcome many obstacles.
The Automatic Response to a Mental Confrontation
Mental Agility is usually thought of in reference to the ability to deflect or rebut statements in a discussion, debate, or confrontation.
In sports there are four periods that the term Mental Agility plays an important role:
The physical, mental, and emotional skills combined with an athlete's personality may influence their decision to compete as an individual or as a member of team. Not performing at full potential applies equally to the athlete that participates as an individual and as a member of a team.
Playing Against Opponents in Direct Competition
During the heat of competing, athletes often make instantaneous decisions to respond to the actions (play action) of their opponents. Making good mental decisions is the direct opposite of making "bonehead" (poor mental) decisions. Mental errors is the most frequent cause of loosing games by talented players and teams.
Coaches in team sports, like football, basketball, and baseball, develop offense and defense plays that are designed based on scouting reports and videos of their games. In the case the mental preparation is referred to as "strategy". During the actual game, the coaches will revise their offense and defense to counter the plays of the opposition.
Is it possible to improve natural agility?
Anyone can improve their natural agility, but they need to consciously participate in exercises designed to improve their mind's ability to make the best decision in fractions of a second. Mentally preparing for a wide variety of possible situations is possible through visualizations (a mental rehearsal)
The amount of improvement will vary according to the amount of effort expended, the frequency of mental exercising, and the amount of elapsed time training.
Make good decisions can be viewed as an essential skill generally described as "Leadership". Those individuals in business who can make timely and well considered decisions will be able to lead their team to success. No matter how many good decisions you may make, it only takes one major mistake in judgment on your watch and your time as a leader will be abruptly short.
Can you benefit from taking psychometric tests?
In the last six decades of research has developed tests for educational and psychological measurement. Examples of such tests include: Intelligent Quotient (IQ) Mental agility, Manual dexterity, Aptitudes, Occupational Interests and Personality.
Frequently underestimated is an athlete's need to be mental tough. What will they do when encountering adversity? Are there traits that be identified at a young age of development?
Mental toughness is an aspect
of every sport. The
ability to be mentally tough allows an individual to face challenges
with confidence, and having the mindset that mistakes are
bound to happen, but a champion is able to overcome adversities.
While identifying physical
talent is fairly simple, determining a player's mental capacity to
perform is not! Observing individuals, who have attained athletic
success, found ten specific mental attributes they have high positive
scores in common in the following areas:
The challenge is to develop a
reliable profile that scores each of
attributes capacity for decision making allowing a picture of the
athlete overall positive and negative qualities.
The goal is to measure a person's mental horsepower to determine how quickly an individual can learn and retain new skills/procedures. The objective is to develop a reliable prediction of an individual's potential to learn and adapt to training.
Testing assessments provide information to questions about the individual, including:
Making Good Decisions
Ideas for Making a Good Decision
Remember -There are no guarantees in life. Certainly you can never know in advance whether a decision will be correct, therefore, you must be prepared to take risks.
Making Good Decisions In this lesson, students practice balancing different interests involved in solving social problems, looking for the most realistic solution.
PDF Understanding and applying tools to identify and Develop Learning Ability Choices Architect® is a validated measure of learning agility. The 81 items in Choices Architect® measure four distinct factors of learning agility: Mental Agility is the ability to learn from experience and subsequently apply that learning to perform successfully under challenging, first time conditions.
A Coach's Responsibility: Learning How to Prepare Athletes As the primary individuals tasked with developing athletes and helping them achieve ... can assist coaches while physically and mentally training their athletes . ... of training: stamina, strength, suppleness or flexibility, agility, speed and skill. ..... in the game) can be vague and difficult for coaches and athletes to measure.References:
PDF Metal Agility Test You have three minutes to complete the following test of mental agility. Read all the instructions before doing anything else.
Learn more about mental agility Science news articles about 'mental agility'. Mental workout 'boosts the brain'. Everyone can improve their mental agility with a few daily exercises.
Do You Have A Healthy Brain? The Secret to Mental Agility Jan. 21, 2005 ... It is vital to keep your brain active. activities can be divided into - Passive activities, which include watching TV, participating in social activities, and listening to music; Intellectual activities are reading, painting, playing a musical instrument, woodworking; Physical activities, for example, gardening, playing sport, working out at the gym, walking, jogging.
Aptitude and ability By measuring mental agility, you will have an accurate and reliable predictor of a person's ability to adapt to change. Thomas' aptitude assessments measure
PDF Using Learning agility to identify high potentials After determining the relevant factors, how do we measure them? Learning .... Mental agility refers to individuals who are comfortable with complexity,
A Point Scale for Measuring Mental Ability A Point Scale for Measuring Mental Ability. Robert M. Yerkes. Psychopathic Department, Boston State Hospital. Full text.
PDF The Development and Validation of a Self Assessment Mental Agility, (b) People Agility, (c) Change Agility, (d) Result Agility, and (e) Self Awareness.
The following internet links have been gleaned from personal communications
combined with information from public institutions and athletic organizations/
associations that have a web presence with information concerning team and
individual sports programs:
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