Mental Training, So what ?
The intensity, diversity and unpredictability of sport places challenges onto the athlete that are both physically and psychologically demanding on performance. Within sport people refer to the psychological edge or mental toughness!! However, what do they really mean? I believe that sport has an array of factors that dictates the end outcome. Whether its physical or mental the ability to cope in sport will ultimately be affected by how the individual perceives the situation they are in. When one week consistency is good and the next poor you know something it not quiet right for the individual’s performance.
In mental training you are aiming to support and facilitate performance so the performer can cope. To achieve excellence in sport a player needs to be able to accommodate and assimilate experiences and then integrate them into their game, eventually making them automatic in nature. Some athletes adapt into this process quicker than others but the potential is there for everyone to achieve a high level of mental capacity to cope through a structured approach. Like strength training it can take time for the improvements to be made but once a solid foundation has been laid the potential to achieve is greater. The integration of the physical and mental is also important and its this integration that will develop choice in an individual.
Within this website I have put together a visualization training tool to help facilitate performance at one level. This will teach you the skills needed to assist in the ability to visual effectively and develop an array of strategies to improve performance.