Sports Psychology

Beta Under construction: Oct 2014- I watched a full series called “hack your brain”.  Interesting the gentleman increased his brain power by 4 months of specific training.

What can sports psychology do for your game?

This article will go over some of the basic ideas and list links that can help to explain in more detail.


GOAL SETTING   Have 3 measurable key performance indicators each time out and seasonal GOAL. (things to achieve)  for example, a first-time person could have these goals for day one: 1) Complete 4 hours of ski / ride. 2:) Complete first lesson. 3:) Practice 1 hour afterward.

Seasonal Goal: Attend 3 times, attend 3 classes, Ski / ride a blue trail, be at lesson skill level 3.

 Now a person can measure progress against the GOALS.

Analyze what is going wrong: 

  1. Use video to capture body mechanics, results of training and results of races

  2. Fear, Muscle aches, Boots not fitting  ( Normal things happen and can be corrected)
  3. Develop a training (Drills)  program to excel at your weak points

AROUSAL REGULATION – Body internals

  1.  make a list of best and worst runs and record from high to low

           A. record Muscle Tension, Heart Rate, Breathing and Anxiety

           B. Look for trends in the results

  2. Use Centering, Breathing and Relaxation tools

FOCUS

  1. Develop CUE WORDS: Hands Up, Rock and roll, etc

  2. Develop RE Focus cues. Blink one eye, breath hard,  etc.

 IMAGERY  VISUALIZATION

 1.  See Success in your mind

 2.  Manage energy level 

 3. Re-Focus

 4. Rehearse responses

 5. Smoothness, smooth is fast!

 SELF CONCEPT

 1. Self Confidence

           A. Build Success into Training

           B. Set measurable, challenging, yet achievable goals

  2. Self -Talk

           A. Positive Thoughts

           B. Practice Thought stopping


         This information is from many sources which are listed.

USSA “Take your Brain to the Mountain” : Mental Skills in Alpine Ski Racing (c) 1999

A Guide Book for Athletes and Coaches in the Psychosocial Domain

 

ISSF – Competitive  Psychology

 Sports Psychology – Mind Tools

Sports Shrink

MENTAL TRAINING: Creative Visualization Part I – An Overview

MENTAL TRAINING: Creative Visualization Part II – The Process

MENTAL TRAINING: Creative Visualization Part  III – How it Works