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Mental Training In Sports
Mental Training is an Essential Tool in Sports
How often have you witnessed a talented athlete who has demonstrated their ability in previous competitions suddenly under perform? What is the cause? Obviously there is the desire or they would not endure long and strenuous training. Is it the stress? Why would appear to unexpectedly "choke" on this occasion?
Since the physical training in sports provide excellent conditioning of athletes, we must assume there are other possibilities:
External influences -
Internal influences -Mental Preparedness
Mental training is an essential part of preparing an athlete for the demanding schedule of practices and competition. The successful athlete is one who is highly motivated, focused, and self confident. This attitude increases the likelihood they will achieve a peak performance when it counts.
Some athletes have difficulty learning the correct technical skills, focusing on training strategies, or developing mental toughness.
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.
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.References:
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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