by Thomas Kurz
This article is an excerpt from Mental Training Makes Winners.
There is a simple way to tell if the mental training offered by sports psychology can improve your performance. If you answer yes to either or both of the questions below, it can.
— Do you do well in practice but not so well in competition?
— Do you get tense, lose concentration, and play or spar below your skill when you practice with some opponents or training partners?
Those two signs indicate that you do have the skill when in your emotional comfort zone, but as soon as stress increases, you leave your comfort zone and you “lose it.” You need to master your response to that increased stress—you need mental training.
Many elite athletes use either the services of a sports psychologist or mental training programs developed by sports psychologists. You too can use such program—Gold Medal Mental Workout, developed by Dariusz Nowicki, a world-renowned sports psychologist.
This article is based on Stadion book Gold Medal Mental Workout for Combat Sports: A Step-by-Step Program of Mental Exercises to Make You a Winner Every Time. Get it now and have all of the info—not just the crumbs!
If you have any questions on training you can post them at Stadion’s Sports and Training Discussion Forum.