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The psychological skills of winning athletes

The psychological skills the athletes must show in competition and in training are often difficult to list, because the risk is to do a very long and too generic list. Nevertheless, today I would like to try to identify, from my point of view, the skills that can represent milestones in the athletes’ sport careers.

  • Self-control - it means knowing what are the behaviors to put in place to address the competition requests. The self-control requires respect for opponents; at the same time the athletes must be the leader of themselves, to overcome the difficulties posed by the races and opponents with the aim of providing the best performance.
  • Readiness for action - the athletes are persons oriented to act and therefore they must be ready to kick a ball, pulling a shot, to run in a precise rhythm, to anticipate opponents, to start rather than conclude effectively a race and so on. Readiness goes with high levels of situational awareness: the athletes have to know what to do at any given time and do it at their best.
  • Toughness and resiliency - I did not completely understand the distinction between these two psychological concepts, but I believe the athletes should continue to do the best even when they are tired, when all seems lost, during the decisive moments, at the end of the race, when they feel confused but know they have prepared an action plan for those moments.
  • Attention - Robert Nideffer said the attention is the only important thing in the decisive moments. I agree and, that is the reason, I consider it as the ability allowing to lead the mental commitment. The athletes have to know what to look for, knowing when to use a broad attentional style oriented toward the environment rather than a narrow attentional style, more focused on very few external factors. Without proper attention they cannot understand what is going to happen and to move in advance.
  • Optimism - The explanation of the performance results is an important factor, because it determines the expectation in relation to the future competitions. Humans are often engaged to explain their positive and negative results. It is therefore essential, the athletes develop an optimistic perception of their performances, because if they explain the positive results in term of luck or lack of competent opponents is unlikely they improve and gain a winning mind.

Webinar: Consulting with athletes with disabilities

American Psychological Association, Sport Psychology Division organizes first FREE webinar of 2019.

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Which is your zone?

Some ideas for personal development as coach

Gary Curneen

Gary Curneen is the current assistant coach at Chicago Red Stars in the NWSL (women’s professional league).

He described some ideas for personal development tips for coaches. No bad to remember:

  • Always read books
  • Seek new information
  • Challenge current beliefs
  • Observe how others do things
  • Ask questions
  • Constantly reflect

 

 

 

Football: money is not the only thing to have a happy life

Almost 40 years ago Terry Orlick wrote a chapter titled “From Hero to Zero”: “The challenge is not only in pursuing excellence but in doing so without destroying the rest of your life.” How many top athletes has been committed to pursue this positive goal? That is to say, be aware and committed to distinguish between “my career is the only thing” or “my career is the most important thing I have” or better “my career and my life out of sport are both important.”

Today it seems that many football players in UK do not live following the goal to pursue their personal wellbeing.

  • The average career of a footballers is 8 years
  • 5 years after the retirement 40% of the players declare bankruptcy
  • After 1 year, 33% of footballers get divorced
  • Today the average salary in Premiere League is 2,5 millions of pounds, not sufficient to guarantee a happy life

Mindfulness can reduce the burnout

Chunxiao Li et al., (2019).Mindfulness and Athlete Burnout: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(3), 449.

This review aims to identify, appraise, and synthesize studies reporting the relationship between mindfulness and athlete burnout and the effects of mindfulness-based interventions (MBIs) on athlete burnout. few variables may account for the relationship between mindfulness and athlete burnout.

Gustafsson et al. (2015) found that mindfulness had an indirect effect on athlete burnout through negative/positive affect. As negative affect has been viewed as an indicator of burnout susceptibility (Lemyre et al. 2006), mindfulness is likely to prevent burnout through adjusting athletes’ affect. Zhang and colleagues (2016) proposed another possible mechanism. They claimed that athletes with high levels of mindfulness tend to have low levels of experiential avoidance (i.e., willingness to avoid negative experience because of the distress brought on by the experience, which may in turn minimize the maladaptive influences of stressors and other negative factors on burnout.

How to understand the reasons of the success

To understand the success we have to stay focused less on the single victory and much more on what it has happened:

It always what happens before to determine what happens later

Amazing Qatar success in football

World Cup 2022 hosts Qatar won their first ever Asian Cup with a 3-1 victory over four time winners Japan.

Probably has motivation had a part in this success?

Almoez Ali

Change the team mood to start again to win

Solskjær is the new manager of Manchester United who is getting a series of incredible positive results with a team in full crisis. He certainly could not change the play from one week to the next and his focus has been oriented on the only thing he could do: he set himself the goal of changing the mentality, working on the mood of the players.

He said  “my job has been to speak to the players, to get to know their feelings, their confidence levels, and how they feel about their situation. I give them some guidelines of course, but there has been lots of talk on freedom of expression…they are good players and it’s up to them to use their imagination, their creativity and just enjoy playing for this club, because that is the best time of your life…”

This mental approach allowed to play with great intensity  and confidence, but even more.

This experience tell us that if a team want to play showing mental readiness it’s necessary to permit the players to express themselves freely, knowing that whatever happens in the pitch, the team will always express itself at its best.