Home Add to Favorite Contact Submit  
             26 March, 2017
 
search for
 
 
 

Categories
Arts & Culture »
Automotive »
Business »
Career »
Communications »
Computers »
Entertainment »
Family Concerns »
Fashion »
Finances »
Food & Drinks »
Health & Fitness »
Hobbies & Crafts »
Home & Garden »
Home Based Business »
Home Management »
Internet »
Kids & Teens »
Legal »
Marketing »
Marriage & Wedding »
Parenting »
Politics & Government »
Real Estate »
Recreation & Sports »
Reference & Education »
Relationships »
Religion & Faith »
Science »
Self Improvement »
Shopping »
Society »
Travel & Leisure »
Womens Interest »
Writing & Speaking »
    
Category:  Articles » Recreation & Sports

 

Sports Psychology for the Winning Edge!

Popularity:
         Views: 1343
2011-01-08 06:25:15     
Article by John Eric Jacobsen

What do legends Arnold Palmer, Dorothy Hamill, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lorena Ochoa, Hank Arron, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Nadia Comaneci, Magic Johnson, Michael Phelps and Chris Evert all have in common? Each one has publicly spoken about maximizing their skills and perfecting their performance through the power of mental training & mental fitness. This unique style of training comes under the heading of "Sports Psychology," and it's amazing.

The fact is, it's not whether you win or lose, it's how you use your mind. Whether your game is golf, baseball, basketball, bowling, running, swimming, football, ice skating, or tennis your mental attitude and mindset play a very important role. Creative visualization, mental simulation and mental rehearsal have become common tools in competitive sports and in the Olympics. Books such as "The Mental Athlete" and "Inner Golf"have been best sellers for years.

Coaches and sports psychologists use visualization techniques to improve performance, to increase team morale and to ease the jitters before a game. Jack Nicholas, Jean-Claude Killy, Carl Lewis, Mary Lou Retton and Greg Louganis have also spoken publicly about dramatic changes in their performance while using visual and imagery techniques. All of these tremendous athletes possess awesome mental skills that placed them at top of their game.

In our Sports Psychology Seminars we teach the athletic participants that successful sports figures share the following five dominant characteristics:

1. They maintain a positive mental attitude, and never view themselves as losers even after losing a competition.
2. They maintain an unshakable belief in themselves and in their abilities.
3. They maintain the ability to enter a "zone of peak concentration" while competing.
4. They maintain the ability to use losses or mistakes as tools to refine their skills.
5. They use their minds to visualize themselves competing flawlessly.

A classic study was done by Australian psychologist Alan Richardson. Dr. Richardson chose three random groups of basketball players with no previous experience of visual or imagery techniques. Each group was instructed to shoot a series of free throws and their scores were recorded. Group #1 was additionally instructed to practice free throwing for the next twenty days. Group #2 was not permitted to touch a basketball for the next twenty days. Finally, Group #3 was instructed to only visualize themselves making accurate free throws for the next twenty days.

For the next several weeks, several minutes each day, Group #3 used all of their inner senses to visualize perfect free throws. In their minds they felt the ball smoothly leave their hands and follow a perfect path into the hoop. As they visualized the ball going directly into the hoop, they felt the excitement of success flow through their bodies. They mentally became excited as they imaged success after success. On the twentieth day all three groups re-gathered to shoot some more free throws and have their scores recorded. Group #1, which actually practiced for twenty days, had improved their score by 24%. Group #2 which did not practice at all, showed no improvement. Group #3, the group that practiced only mentally, showed an improvement of 23%. This is only one percentage point lower than Group #1 who practiced objectively for twenty days. The same results have been duplicated in other sports and competitive activities.

This will verify that there is very little difference between objective practice and mental practice. Since the body cannot tell the difference between a real or a vividly imagined scene or experience, the brain transmits identical signals to the nervous system. As a result, your talents will improve no matter which method you use. However, research has consistently shown that frequent objective practice combined with powerful visualization creates the ideal winning combination.

As long as you have mastered the basic knowledge and fundamentals of your sport, you can use the following four strategies taught in our seminars to enhance your sports performance.

1. With your eyes closed and very relaxed, review some of your greatest performances and vividly relive times when you were in the flow. Mentally remember how you stood, how you breathed, how you walked, how you talked. Recall what you were saying to yourself mentally and totally associate yourself with these scenes as if they were happening all over again. Feel the excitement of your victory. Realize if you did it once you can do it repeatedly. As you relive these scenes, you will experience a point of "peak excitement." This is your signal that you are totally associated with your images. By this time, small but measurable, changes are occurring in your muscles, body, mind and nervous system. These peak images are recreating the same inner success patterns that caused you to succeed brilliantly before. Now you need to "lock them in" so these patterns will be at your disposal anytime, anywhere.

While you are at your peak of excitement, with your eyes closed, rapidly begin to snap the fingers of either hand many times in succession. At the same time mentally repeat this key phrase "I can do it again, I can do it again, I can do it again!" This technique, called Conditioning or Anchoring, will help you recreate those successful feelings on demand. Those success patterns and that special state of mind will help you to be just as successful again and again. Your games and performances will naturally improve.

To trigger that state of mind at a future competition, simply snap your fingers several times and repeat the key phrase before you compete. That action will send a signal to your brain, which will then trigger the identical resources needed to put you back in the flow state. This may be one of the most important techniques you will use to improve your athletic performance.

2. Before a competition, close your eyes and for a few minutes vividly imagine the competition in detail. Imagine yourself playing brilliantly. Visualize yourself in complete control totally focused and concentrated. Hear the crowds cheer your name and feel the rush of excitement and success racing through your body. Vividly imagine every move you will make and visualize yourself victorious. Mentally review any weak spots and picture yourself flawlessly overcoming them.

3. After a competition, mentally review your performance. If you made any errors, imagine yourself making the necessary correction and doing them properly. This action will help you avoid that error in the future. Remember, your mind is a wonderful feedback device; it learns from its mistakes. This mental correction technique will help to speed its learning process. You will soon find yourself avoiding that mistake permanently.

4. Above all, remember sports and competitions are supposed to be fun. They allow us to interact and connect with like-minded people. They allow us to develop our skills and refine them. Competition would not be fun if you win every time since there would be no challenge. That would take the excitement and thrill out of the game. I tell all of the participants in my sports seminars and I tell my children that, "You are never a loser if you compete to better your best." Practice competing against yourself. Instead of focusing on always being a winner, focus on your skills progressively improving. Strive for progress not perfection. If you play every game better than your last, you're a winner every time.

I wish you luck & success!

John Eric Jacobsen was born to teach and destined to be a writer & motivator. In 1985 John founded "Jacobsen Business Programs, Inc." (JacobsenPrograms.com), a corporate seminar company helping people to succeed personally and professionally.

John's experience is what sets him apart. With a diverse background in business, sales, communications, theatrical arts, dance and acting; John has the unique ability to not only be a great teacher, but also an amazing entertainer who can keep your attention. He has trained and worked with over a half a million people and has performed or taught all over America on stage and on TV.

John has also authored the national seller, "Conversations on Customer Service & Sales." This is an amazing work designed to help businesses improve their sales and enhance consumer relations. John is proud to have the great Brian Tracy as a co-author.

Specialized in: Seminars - Business Training - Stress Management - Communication - People Skills - Customer Service - Lunch And Learn - Sales Training - Hypnotherapy - Youth Motivation
URL: http://jacobsenprograms.com/
Print article      Bookmark this page
Related Articles 
How Enrolling Your Child In Summer Overnight Camps Can Be A Great Idea? (Popularity: ): Do you have any plans on how your child will spend summer holidays? Are you looking for a fun filled experience for your child that will refresh and revitalize your child from the boring schedule? If yes, you can choose to enroll your child in summer overnight camps These are becoming increasingly popular amongst parents of kids across United States.Summer overnight camps are a great way to provide your child ...
Checking the Ego in Your BJJ Training (Popularity: ): It's very important that you make sure you check your ego at the door from your first day grappling. If you don't control your ego, you may not realize it, but it'll slow down your learning progress and improvement substantially.Here are some things that you may experience if you don't learn how to control your ego.* You'll get frustrated and angry. Many times this happens with people who feel they ...
ATV Clubs - The Way To Go! (Popularity: ): There are many advantages to joining an ATV club, and these clubs are plentiful. You can find one in your area by searching online.Clubs are where you will find others, like you, with a passion for being a part of the great outdoors. The fellowship and knowledge you get from joining a group on a day trip or a camp out is invaluable.These groups are family oriented and geared for ...
Boat Tarps At Home And On The Water (Popularity: ): It seems a bit odd that boats, which are designed to spend all of their time in the water, may need to be protected from the elements one finds out there. But a boat is much more that just the floating shell, and the interiors could use sound protection at all times. The boat tarps can do that job, and do it well.Of course, this goes without saying when the ...
Why You Should Buy the Best Skateboarding Wheels (Popularity: ): Skateboarding wheels come in a variety of shapes and sizes. But beyond those things, is there any difference in the way that these wheels perform? Or more directly, do more expensive wheels really make a difference in the way you ride?The answer to that is yes as the type of wheel that you choose can have a significant effect on how you ride. This may not be a big issue ...


Related Business 
Online Psychology Degree (Popularity: ): Psychology degrees online—both for undergraduate and graduate students—exist in a wide range of specialties, such as clinical psychology, counseling, organizational psychology, social services, marriage and family therapy, education psychology, sports psychology and many more. Online Psychology Bachelor's Degrees.
Sports Psychology (Popularity: ): Resilience and a relentless persistence towards honing a variety of mental skills so that you can create, recreate and maintain Flow in Sports (cool intro). Welcome to Flow in Sports - the process in which your athletic performance improves. You will get a sports psychology coach who can take your athletic game to the next level.
Athletic Insight Home (Popularity: ): The online journal of sports psychology. Provides a forum for sports psychology topics.
High Performance Sports Psychology (Popularity: ): Your premier source for mental training, peak performance, and sports psychology. Books, videos, CDs, and online programs on mental training and maximizing performance for coaches and athletes.
Wexford University (Popularity: ): Earn your accelerated online degree in fitness training, nutrition, health and fitness and applied sport psychology. Wexford University provides students with leading edge practical knowledge and skills that set them apart from others. Our degree programs prepare graduates for highly successful careers in the health, fitness, nutrition and sports psychology fields. Wexford University repowers students to achieve their professional goals, improve productivity in their organization, and provide leadership and service ...
Center for Sport Psychology and Performance Excellence (Popularity: ): Research projects, services for athletes and information on the center and sports psychology in general. [Flash.]
Sports ...On The Edge (Popularity: ): Interactive online instruction for wakeboarding and other sports. Book, CD offered.
Sports Monitor, nflpicks (Popularity: ): The Free Sports Monitor offers winning Football and Basketball picks from the worlds best sports handicappers. All picks are docmented and monitored with records updated daily.
Macquarie University, Australia (Popularity: ): Offers an undergraduate psychology degree, and professional Master's programs in clinical neuropsychology, clinical psychology, organisational psychology, and counselling psychology.
Psychology Homework Help (Popularity: ): Are you a High School, College or Graduate level student having difficulty with your Psychology Assignments? We have expert tutors in Psychology who will help you with detailed solutions containing step-by-step explanation to your Psychology problems, case studies and projects.


 
 
Home | Top | Set as Homepage | Bookmark this Page | Privacy | Banners | Contact | Submit Article
© 2003-2015 ABC Directory. All Rights Reserved