The Learning Process
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Training the Mind
Mental Training is Essential
in Academic Subjects and Sports
Our military has
been very successful in developing games and simulation software to
train our troops. Considering the high probability of serious injury
and even death when errors are made in combat, it is not surprising
that they could channel funds into developing this technology when our
schools can not afford to implement similar technology.
The games theory is a
valuable tool in instructional design. The concept of using computer
games coordinated with specific physical exercises is a fairly
Computer games and
physical exercises can be used motivate and strengthen
the subject's brain in much the same way athletes strengthen their
muscles. Research has shown there is a direct relationship between
gross and fine muscle skills and the same neural networks that are used
in computer games. This is an extension of cross-training used in
This concept can be used
to diagnose learners of all levels of abilities from those with various
learning disabilities to gifted students with modifications to tailor
the materials for various age groups to insure there is relevant
content that applies to the learner.
The instruction is delivered in Phases. Each Phase targets a different task or topic.Source - c8sciences
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 as an alternative to enhancing their ability to focus and exclude extraneous external "noise".
There are tools that can
strengthen a coach's
ability to devise alternate instructional approaches that take into
considerations their strengths and weakness, thus accelerating an
athletes' learning curves.
Guided imagery is a stress
where you use your imagination to picture a person, place, or time that
makes you feel relaxed, peaceful
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:
Concentration Exercises for Training and Focusing the Mind Concentration exercises for focusing and controlling the mind. How to develop, exercise and strengthen your concentration ability.
PDF Training the Mind - CrossFit Training the Mind. By Andréa Maria Cecil. October 2011. Andréa Maria Cecil looks at how three elite CrossFit athletes prepare their minds for competition.
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:
Imagery, Stress Reduction and Mental Stress Mind Tools features tips on Imagery, a potent method of stress reduction. ... Guided imagery is a stress management technique, where you use your imagination to control physical responses.
Guided Imagery, Guided Meditation, Inner Journey Top athletes use guided imagery to link their mental abilities to train themselves to win. And doctors have begun using guided imagery to train the body to heal itself to curing diseases.
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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