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The Sports Environment

The Environment of Competitive Sports
       Each athlete must undergo the proper training in order to acquire the physical skills required to participate in each sport. In addition, there usually are very specific skill sets associated with excelling in a specific sport that far exceed what is necessary to have fun in recreational activities.

       A figure skater must be physically fit to perform the demanding routines required to compete at elite levels of the  sport. Athletes must be physically strong, extremely well coordinated, demonstrate flexibility. and well conditioned to enhance their skills, but most importantly to prevent injuries while practicing and competing.

       All sports and recreational activities requires rules and regulations that impose a need for self discipline. It is not enough to just go on with the activity whenever you want to.

       Skaters need to have flexibility exercises in their warm-up and cooling-down training activities. Strength training, jumping and muscular power training, aerobic and anaerobic endurance conditioning are other specific off-ice training sessions are advised. These program should be designed to help in enhancing the body posture and proper on ice body positions. An additional goal should be to help increase stroking speed and power, height of jump, rotation speed of jumps, jump landings, plus a general fitness improvement of the cardiovascular condition and body strength of skaters.

       Ballet training for figure skaters is extremely helpful in skaters developing the awareness in holding and controlling their bodies while skating. In ballet, male and female athletes acquire an understanding how to make use of their arms, head and legs. A specific program of ballet classes for skaters may also incorporate Yoga and Pilates in their program. This enables skaters to do floor exercises to help them increase their core body awareness while developing their artistic presentation.

       There is a benefit to participating in other sports during the off season. Depending on the degree of cross transference of skills, such involvement in a minor sport can actually benefit their training in the primary sporting interest by helping them to develop their skills and generally physical fitness. Before engaging in other physical activities, make sure that they are physically compatible so that there will be no conflicting training components.

       Figure skating is a sport that will help you not only develop your skills but also develop self discipline whether you are an active competitor or just looking increase your figure skating test levels.

Recommended Reading:

Competition stress in sport performers  Examination of the performance and organizational stressors encountered by elite and non-elite athletes within the competition environment.

Importance of Youth Involvement in Sports  Participation in competitive team sports at an early age gives children an opportunity to understand the healthy aspects of competition in a friendly environment.

Benefits of Competitive Sports Not Always Clear-cut   Oct. 5, 2011  The Athlete's Sports Experience: Making A Difference and comprehensive developmental nature of the competitive sports environment.

Physical Education & Sports Policy for Schools   The Physical Education and Sports Program's learning environment suggests competitive sport should contribute to the health and well being of the student.

PDF STAY AND PLAY The rules in non-competitive sport can be changed to suit the participants and environment to ensure everyone can 'play' and that no one is excluded.

References:
  • Using the Business Strategy for Sports   In sports, also, strategy is valuable for achieving the competitive edge that comes from ... resources and capabilities are matched to the competitive environment.
  • Coaches' Corner: Making Youth Sports Safe and Enjoyable   Many youngsters enter organized sports programs before age 6, and ... playing techniques can only be learned in a supervised sports environment, ... Competitive sports may increase the potential for psychological harm to certain youngsters.
  • Anxiety In Sports  May 6, 2010 ... Anxiety in sport is most common in competitive sports environments and could also be termed competitive stress.
  • PDF Youth Sports: Innocence Lost   In a competitive sport environment the rules are guarded by officials and the important decisions are made by the coaches.

Resources:

The following internet links have been gleaned from personal communications
and combined
with information from public institutions, plus athletic organizations/ associations that have a web presence with concerning team and individual sports programs:
  
  
  
   
   
The Sports Environment
PDF  Sports Personality
          Role of Sports Psychology
PDF  Heredity  

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