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Mental Training ConsiderationsTraining requires attention to physical, mental, and emotional training of athletes
Professional sports has deemed it better to ignore or cover up the emotional and behavioral issues surrounding elite athletes. These athletes are paid for their on the field performances; however, more team owners and adding clauses concerning behavior off the field that affects the image of the team.
Some professional team owners take the view that if athletes cant live up to their potential, then it is better to train them while another owner is willing to enter into agreement. Once the athlete is involved in a rehab program for physical injuries, a drug addiction, an off the field "Bad Boy" their economic value plummets as potential buyers of their contract become unwilling to assume the increased risk.
Any athlete with negative emotions is considered weak. There are a growing list of elite athletes who can't handle the pressure of not achieving their initial expectations. What is the cost to a team whose who has a disgruntled athlete with a chip on his shoulder? Does an advertising sponsor, fans, and the owner get a rebate from athletes if they are on the sidelines or otherwise devalued by ill advised behavior and poor decision making?
Regular childhood participation in physical activities is fundamental for the development and maintenance of desirable levels of motor and metabolic fitness that is important in regulating growth and maturation processes. Involvement in sports should be important positive component of daily physical activity in children and adolescents. Participation in competitive sports is believed to be essential in character development by providing experiences for enhancing interactions with peers, coaches and other significant adults.
Mental Training should be part of every sports training program from beginners to elite athletes
The problems of oversized egos feeling the rules don't apply to them is far to common for coaches to ignore. These athletes accept their image as real and is based on an objective existence. This false ego is is the root cause of that supports the delusions that are not countenanced by a real world environment.
When did these bad boys start to develop an inflated ego? Most likely this problem starts in the excessive praise provided by parents and continues by peers tolerating their poor manners and verbal abuse of non athletes. The adulation from the opposite sex becomes an important consideration in the teenage years.
It doesn't take long to develop a "cocky" attitude when there is a constant steam of adulation, especially if there may be a sense of deserved arrogance by the athlete.
The top psychological skill characteristics of the elite athlete are:
Research data indicates
there different types of goal orientation that elite athletes
demonstrate. The three main
An athlete who
focus on both task and ego orientation have shown the highest level of
psychological skills of
visualization, goal setting and positive self-talk.
Elite athletes are also skilled in self-regulation, which consists of four phases:
Mental Training is Essential
Research shows coaching actions and the competitive climate they create have important influences on the personal development of youth. Data suggests if coaches want to develop life skills and character in youth, it is important to focus on player self-improvement more so than winning.
There are tools that can
instructional skills, thus accelerating an athletes' learning curves.
Many coaches advocate their athletes play through the pain. They stress Mental toughness as the ability to think and feel strong and determined even in the face of setbacks, pain, failures and self-doubt. They maintain that athletes who deal with these challenges, especially physical pain, the more they can push themselves to train and compete at their high level.
Sport psychology is the broad field that studies how an individual's mental and emotional state function in sports. Learning motor skills and mastering their control part of the psychology investigation how athletes can learn sport skills more quickly.
Key principles from sport psychology can be used to accelerate skill learning as well as mental preparation for peak sport performance. Psychological tips and techniques are transferable from other sports to figure skating.
As a parent, would you prefer for your child to perform their best in a sport than academic studies? Do you stress academic success and preparing for entrance into a college degree program. Will a scholarship be essential for your child to attend a prestigious university? Is it possible to finance both the child's education and fund a training program in figure skating at an elite level?
As a parent, does your child:
Sport and Exercise Psychology: Applied Mental Training Skills June 13, 2007. Review of “Sport/Performance” Psychology. Mental “Toughness” Definition/ Attributes. Mental Training Skills Overview.
Mental Training and Sports Performance
Mental training is being increasingly recognized as an integral component of an athlete's training. Relying solely on skills and dedication has become inadequate in the field of competitive sports.
Athlete's mental toughness as important as physical strength Nov. 24, 2008 .there are strategies that athletes can nurture in training and then during competition to put them in that elusive state of “flow,” where they surpass conscious thought and all of the elements of peak performance come together – concentration, physical expertise, focus, calm, discipline, unwavering confidence. They're in the coveted “zone. Self-consciousness has fallen away and they're transcending limitations. Sport psychology, to put it simply, focuses on the psychological factors associated with physical performance,”
The New Toughness Training for Sports: Mental Emotional By sports psychologist James E. Loehr has been training world class athletes, from Olympic gold medalist speedster Dan Jansen to tennis stars Monica Seles and Jim Courier His best selling book, Mental Toughness Training for Sports, is a classic. In The New Toughness Training for Sports, he offers a toughness program that allows you to play at the very top of your game - every time. You'll learn how to trigger you Ideal Performance State (IPS) on demand and gain the heightened physical, mental, and emotional mind-body toughness so vital to sports.
PDF Athlete's emotional health Sept. 24, 2007 ... emotional and behavioral issues surrounding elite athletes. ... What if we treated the mental and emotional part of sport just like the professionals ... What I am suggesting is that teams develop a continuing training program,
PDF PerformanceEdge Volume 4 No. 6. In this issue: Goals of sports play. Ego oriented vs. Task oriented athletes. Tips for coaches and parents.
The Inner Champion: A Mental Toughness Training Manual for Figure Skaters by Choeleen Loundagin. The book's goal is to help skaters prepare psychologically for training and competition. Choeleen Loundagin is a former competitive figure skater with a Master Degree in Sport Psychology. The Inner Champion is clearly written, easy to understand, and organized in a fill-in-the-blank workbook fashion designed to help the skater work through and keep track of his or her goals and progress.
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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