Many athletes experience setbacks that hold them back from performing at their best possible level. You may sometimes feel that you never quite reach your potential or that you could do better. Perhaps you notice some strange patterns such as performing better during training than on game day. Or you’ve picked up an injury and are having a hard time bouncing back into the game.
A lot of athletes aren’t sure what it is that disables them from playing to their maximum. There are many mental afflictions that can hold you back and asking yourself questions to better understand your thoughts is a step in the right direction.
You’re probably not too sure if you would benefit from seeing a sports psychologist. Many athletes receive counselling from a psychologist to perform better and put any mental barriers out of the way. Start by asking yourself “Can I play better?”, “How does my performance at training compare with my performance during the match?”, “Am I worried about an old injury?”.
Asking yourself these questions and honestly answering them is the beginning to a better mental ability. Training your mental attributes can have massive benefits to your performance.
The correct mental training ensures that the athlete can perform at a high level consistently, become more decisive and make less mistakes. Dealing with personal and social pressures can be difficult when performing sports at a superior level.
Some of the common reasons for an athlete to have mental setbacks include but are not limited to;
Reaching out to a sports psychologist is the next step to becoming an even better athlete. The mental training a psychologist can provide will ensure that the before mentioned barriers are dealt with in a proper fashion to continue growing and reaching your potential as an athlete.
It’s well known and understood that injury is one of an athlete’s worst nightmares. Time out from training and match days doesn’t just have an impact on your body, physical and technical abilities but your mind too. An athlete is likely to be sad or upset while injured and it is a valid time for you to mourn your loss (of the sport), doing so is better than being macho and repressing those feelings. Managing them inside and outside of rehabilitation is vital to bouncing back strongly.
Often when an athlete returns to the sport after suffering an injury, they will have a dip in form and that’s not necessarily linked to a decrease in their physical and technical levels. A lot of issues athletes face when returning from injury come from the worries of re-injuring his/herself. They may even be replaying the event of initial injury. This takes the athletes head out of the game, allowing for poor form and a lack of commitment to actions within the sport. This is in fact the most common reason that an athlete is re-injured.
Counselling from a sports psychologist is one way of eliminating the negative mental effects of injury during rehabilitation and following recovery. By applying the correct mental techniques, you’ll be able to come back stronger.
The first step is to identify and acknowledge any setback you’re experiencing. Think about the common reasons discussed above, are you suffering from one of those? Or is it something else? Be honest with yourself, recognize, acknowledge and act. One of the best solutions is to talk about the issues with a sports psychologist who will help you in building a successful mental game-plan.
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