Today we focus on a topic, already covered in many sports magazines, increasingly known by the general public: the impact of psychological and mental preparation in sport.
Whether in football with the famous mental preparation of Brazilian players, tennis with the psychological preparations and meditation sessions of the Serbian player Novak Djokovic or in combat, boxing or MMA sports in which the fighters are mentally conditioned before entering the arena and often even accompanied to the edge of the ring.
Stimulate motivation, develop a certain self-confidence to better manage stress and pressure, be increasingly able to control fears, know how to redefine goals…. These are just a few examples of the many suggestions that can motivate an athlete to use the services of a mental coach.
But how does it affect CrossFit? Do top-level athletes benefit from mental preparation in CrossFit? Can these methods be beneficial to a hobbyist?
Yes, more and more top-level athletes in CrossFit are beginning to dedicate part of their training time to mental preparation, but also to sports psychology.
How to achieve your goals? How to win competitions, titles, prizes?
We will speak here about the strategy, the visualization. Maybe we can include tactics. On the other hand, sports psychology is the struggle between the athlete and his mind.
How can control my stress? How can I believe myself and keep my confidence? How can relax and give the best of me during the competition?
This sports psychology will include techniques such as meditation or neuropsychology. If we divided a mental preparation (integrating the processes of sports psychology) into 3 parts, we could organize it in the following way:
- Before: Increase concentration and reduce stress. It is often the words of the coach and the musical notes on the headphones, they are the most appropriate for this first phase. The idea will be to get in shape in an ordinary way for a competition or event that is extraordinary. This phase is often called “routine.” Little habits, little phrases to repeat in your head, a preview of the effort that will follow, etc … .. Manage potential distractions and enter a competitive state.
- During: Keep your strategy in mind no matter what happens, and be able to handle unexpected situations. Nothing goes as planned, and it is the ability to react that makes the difference between an elite athlete and a champion, in my opinion. You can’t predict the unexpected, but you can prepare for it.
- After: Learn about your errors is the base of your progress. analyze your performance
It’s true that we often tend to take into account only the negative aspects but the positive must be taken into account in the analysis.
Let’s ask ourselves the right questions: What caused us to succeed or fail? In case of unforeseen circumstances, how do we react? What do we have to work on? And now, what is the next step?
Sport, whether amateur or professional, should be above all an eternal challenge to ask ourselves questions. We all have a lot of room for improvement, whatever our level.
The most important thing is to know in which part we need to work and how we can do it to progress on it.