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Sometimes we do not realize we are putting up psychological barriers that interfere with our ability to perform at our fullest potential in the classroom or on the athlete field. It is much easier to recognize the problem in others.
We all have external and internal personal psychosocial barriers that stem from our beliefs, attitudes, values, hang-ups and inhibitions as individuals. These barriers can be divided into five categories:
and self-esteem issues prevent most individuals from trying new ideas
or concepts that offer the potential to achieve personal
fulfillment. It is possible to change how you approach problems
requiring critial thinking
to solve/mitigate. The following examples can serve as a road map for
too often, people allow themselves to fall prey to psychological
barriers and limitations. They believe they aren’t good enough to do
something or that they aren’t worthy of achieving success and
down those obstacles is possible so you can achieve your dreams if you
follow a path that seeks to
replace negativity with positive thoughts.
It is very helpful for skaters to learn to prepare mentally to cope with the stress of testing and competiting. They longer negative thoughts occur, the more difficult it is to correct them.
There obviously is an intelligence component associated with skill and performances of all athletes; however, the qualities we are concerned with include the following areas:
Mental Toughness is a state of mind in athletics that is associated with an athlete being able to conquer their fear of losing. Losing is only losing if you fail to get up and try again.
Athletes who display, alertness, promptness, courage, confidence, resourcefulness, patience, push, enterprise, expert knowledge, insight, shrewdness, tact, self-control, excellent decision making skills are displaying qualities that are also associated with having a winning attitude.
Because of the added stress of passing college level classes, athletes should be selected based on documentation that they meet or exceed the qualifications that they are physically and mentally qualified to participate in the expected athletic training academic and clinical requirements.
All athletes at a university level must pass a complete a physical conducted by the Team Physician. Athletes are expected to demonstrate their ability to analyze, think critically, synthesize, and integrate information both from their previous athletic training and apply their skills and knowledge to their current athletic training program. If the student has questions about their abilities to handle the stress of acadameic and sports training, they should discuss their concerns with the appropriate medical personnel about becoming overloaded with their course load and/or an overload of training responsibilities.
Succssful athletes rank high in the following abilities:
Source - Ohio Center for Sport Psychology
Level I - These mental skills constitute a broad base for attaining long-term goals, learning, and sustaining daily practice. They are needed on a day-by-day basis for long periods of time, often months and years.
Level II - These skills are used immediately before performance to prepare for performance. They maybe used just before competition begins, or immediately before a specific performance action, such as a golf shot or a free throw in basketball.
Level III - These skills are used during actual performance behavior.
PDF Mental Qualities and Employed Mental Techniques of Athletes program development and evaluation in the case of youth elite team sport athletes.
The Nine Mental Skills of Successful Athletes You don't have to be a professional athlete or an Olympic champion to be a successful ... There are nine, specific mental skills that contribute to success in sports. ... When appropriate, communicate their thoughts, feelings, and needs.
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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