Unlock your True Potential with Mental Imagery, Visualization, Breath Control, and Pre-Race Anxiety Management Traininng
September 8, 2013
If athletes do not place emphasis on the psychological or mental aspects of training and competing, then certainly performances will often fall short of their potential. These initial 1 hour sessions with me are intended to help athletes and coaches realize more optimal performances by unleashing the power of the athlete’s mind. It is not only imperative for both athletes and coaches to realize the importance of the psychological aspects inherent to their sport, but to actually follow through and incorporate mental training into weekly training schedules to determine what techniques prove most effective. By doing so, one can be assured of a few things. First, you can be assured that you will have to sacrifice some physical training time in order to accommodate this new training regimen. Brewer argues, “Rather than simply engaging athletes in physical practice and hoping that they will pick up the requisite psychological skills along the way, coaches can adopt a proactive stance in which they actively help athletes acquire and maintain sport-specific psychological skills (Brewer, 2000).” Second, you should be prepared that some athletes may be hesitant to replace physical training with mental training. Lastly, you should feel confident that those athletes who fully embrace and incorporate mental training into their daily lives, are less likely to be debilitated by pressures and competitive anxiety, trained to release excess tension caused by stress, and more likely be relaxed. Ultimately, this will facilitate competing more effectively in the future. Once learned, 20 minutes 3x a week is all that is needed to maintain optimal performance potentials.