How to Use Pregame "Nerves" to your Advantage Many athletes have misconceptions about the effects of pregame “nerves” before competition sport. *Misconception 1: Elite athletes are NEVER nervous. *Misconception 2: It's the total lack of nerves that cause elite athletes to be successful. *Misconception 3: Elite athletes are born with the capacity to remain 100 percent calm even in the … [Read more...] about Pregame Nerves Facts and Fiction
How to Stay Relaxed before a Competition “I feel like I’m going to be sick to my stomach.” Have you ever had this feeling prior to a competition? Have you ever been so anxious that you feel physically sick in the locker room before a game or competition? For some athletes, this feeling repeats itself as they carry it into each competition. This anxiety can hurt your performance because … [Read more...] about Coping with Pregame Anxiety
Are you Successful under Pressure? Each individual athlete responds to pressure in his/her own way. Kobe Bryant stated he played his best when the pressure was on, "Everything negative – pressure, challenges – are all an opportunity for me to rise." Brazilian soccer star Neymar Jr. implied he doesn’t feel pressure, “There is no pressure when you’re making a dream come true.” Younger … [Read more...] about How UVA Handled Pressure Successfully
How to Build Mental Toughness in Volleyball: "Set Me Again" Do you persevere in the face of adversity? Are you able to remain strong minded after a mistake? While on the court, do you push through whatever obstacles you meet? I was the type of player who wanted the ball, even after I made a mistake. I started this sort of resilience in high school; playing with absolutely no fear. If I … [Read more...] about How to be Resilient on the Court
Using Positive Key Words to Overcome Nerves It can be so easy to think negatively going into a game, during a game, or even after a game... You may be scheduled to play against the team with the top outside in your conference, or you may have shanked two serve-receive passes in a row, or even missed the game point serve in a tiebreaker... With situations like this, negative thoughts can … [Read more...] about How to Overcome Negative Thinking in Volleyball
Overcoming High Expectations in Sports "Shoot for the moon... Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars." Many athletes adopt this philosophy. Unfortunately, athletes with this type of mentality heap excessive demands upon themselves believing this method will still result personal best or optimal performances. The reality is that excessively high expectations rarely result in … [Read more...] about How High Expectations Sabotage Athletes’ Mental Game
Does Your Golfer Lack Self-Confidence? Are you a parent with a young golfer that competes a lot, yet your golfer seems to lack self-confidence under pressure? Dr. Patrick Cohn, golf psychology expert and author of the Golfer's Mental Edge CD program, teaches amateur to tour professional golfers how to improve their mental game of golf using golf psychology strategies developed over the last 20 … [Read more...] about Where Does Self-Confidence Come From in Golf?
How to Want The Ball in The Final Moments of The Game Some athletes want the ball in their hand in the closing seconds of a game while other athletes pray they don't get the ball as time ticks down. Which athlete do you or your athletes fall into? Some athletes are overwhelmed by performance anxiety in sports and have great difficulty closing out games or taking the last shot... Your … [Read more...] about Overcome Performance Anxiety With This Practice
What Is Pressure? The term “pressure” dominates the headlines of sporting events. Athletes often report feeling so much pressure during major competitions that they find it difficult to perform when it matters most. If pressure has such an impact on performance, ignoring its presence will only feed it. By understanding the process of pressure, you can better prepared and equipped to … [Read more...] about Does Pressure Affect Your Performance During Competitions?
Do You Thrive On Pressure? Would you consider yourself a “nervous athlete” or a "gamer" in competition? Gamers tend to raise their performance in critical games and moments--they thrive on the pressure. However, nervous athlete tend to get lost in critical moments. Has this happened to you? The game is in its final minutes and your team depends on you for the victory... You start to … [Read more...] about Are You A Gamer Or Do You Choke During Critical Moments?