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       Poor posture can cause serious mechanical problems such as muscle aches and pains that are due to fatigue. If your lower back muscles are over-used they'll soon get tired and begin to ache. Finding out what you are doing, that could be the cause of your problem, requires the intervention by a professional trainer or someone with a background in physiotherapy, osteopathy or chiropractic to diagnose the problem and recommend treatment.

       Good posture is the result of natural body alignment when moving, standing, sitting, walking, running and playing a sport,  Unfortunately periods of stress, inactivity, injury, illness, or excessive sports training, can result in poor body alignment that causes inefficient patterns of movement. This process generally occurs gradually without our awareness of our poor habits.

       Basic ballet positions provide a guide for exercises that provide skaters with a familiarity of performing arm, leg, and head positions that are commonly used in conjunction with performing spins, jumps, and various connecting turns and movements.
"Parts" Therapy
        The solution to solving any problem is to identify the source of what is causing the inability to perform to the desired standards. Once this have been identified, it is possible to understand the best way to focus your attention and energy on the improvement process.

        All hypnosis is self-hypnosis. If a subject is resistant, he or she can not be hypnotized. It is impossible to force someone to things that are against their moral and ethical standards while under hypnosis.

Mental Conditioning

       Performance artists can benefit from self-hypnosis. Many musicians, actors, and dancers find the experience of performing to be overwhelming. This experience is referred to as "Stage Fright". Even extremely talented individuals can experience such intense feelings that they become physically ill. Deep seated fears about forgetting memorized music, lines or choreography can be alleviated by learning how to access stored memories and enhancement of one's self-confidence.

       Mental attitude plays an important role in sports. An athlete who lacks the belief he or she will play well is not likely to do so. A player lacking self-confidence often experiences indecision and prone to making poor decisions/mistakes. Self-confidence is a natural consequence of mastering skills.

       Self-doubts tend to increase and compound themselves and eventually they can actually lead to performance phobias.

Recommended Reading:

Breathing Exercises for Improved Performance ... Using these breathing exercises in swim practice could help a swimmer ... and racing and help improve recovery from training and swim meet competitions. ... and practice is an important part of training for martial artists, musicians, vocalists.

How to Become a Better Dance Performer | Practice may not make perfect, but it will improve your performance. ... of your technique is important, so is the artistic interpretation that you bring to each role.

Improving Sports and Artistic Performance Information about using hypnosis, guided imagery and visualization to enhance athletic and artistic performance. Elite athletes describe success as “Being In The Zone”. Everything goes right, and they enjoy the experience of competing by successfully using mental rehearsal and visualization as part of their training and preparation for competition.

Conscious Connections: Peak Performance Coaching Peak Performance Coaching for sport or artistic performance anxiety. Athletes and artists improve performance.

PDF Artistic Skills & Practices Improve Student Performance professional development programs in the arts for all teachers. Artistic Skills & Practices. Improve Student Performance.

Mastering Performance Anxiety and Stage Fright Oct. 24, 2012 ... Common and Treatable. Performance Anxiety in its various forms is the most common phobia in the United States. It's often called "stage fright",

Social phobia - social anxiety disorder in children and teens Information on the symptoms and treatment of social phobia and social anxiety ... Extreme fear of social and performance situations due to the child's worry about meeting new people or embarrassing oneself in social situations.  Diagnosing social phobia can be challenging, and children with social phobia may have more than one anxiety disorder. A trained clinician (such as a child psychiatrist, child psychologist or pediatric neurologist) should integrate information from home, school, and the clinical visit to make a diagnosis.


Table of Contents - Basic Skills Bridge Program Handbook

Principles of Athletic Training

The Process of Learning

Introduction - Modifying Skills and Habits

Mental Training for Athletes

Skating Skills and Training

Warm Up Stretching, Cooling Down, and Flexibility Training

Choreography and Artistic Performances  


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:

Sports Seminars
On-Line Seminars
Seminar Ideas
Off-Ice Seminars
Enhancing Endurance Training
Enhancing Coordination
Basic Skating Skills Courses
Video Clips of Basic Skating Skills
PDF  Weekly Off-Ice Workouts

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