By: Jeff Zannetti
Provided by: Z-Winning Mindset
The best athletes know how to use their pregame nerves to help them compete at their best. They are able to stay poised, compete fearlessly, aggressively and with great confidence. The problem is that many athletes get too nervous.
Before they compete, they look like a deer in the headlights, become lethargic and fail to compete with the confidence needed to bring out their best. And worst of all they don't have any fun playing the sport that they love. Although they are physically prepared, their mental state drains them of the necessary confidence and swagger needed to bring out their potential on game day. You may even begin to wonder if it's the same athlete you watch in practice.
Why am I getting so nervous before a game?
In Sport Psychology, there is something called the Inverted U Theory, which illustrates the relationship between pressure and performance.
As you can see a little bit of nervousness is good for performance. Athletes tend to compete at their best when they are excited and motivated, yet relaxed and composed. When they get too nervous and put too much pressure on themselves, performance begins to crumble. The bad news is that too much nervousness before a game will cause an athlete to choke. The good news is that proper mental training will help you develop a better competitive mindset.
In fact, think about thisTraining Paradox: Many experts agree that most sports are 70% or more mental. On game day I would argue, sports are 95% mental. The problem is that most athletes spend 95% or more of their time training physically. When athletes begin to correct this training paradox, almost without fail they will see significantly better results when it comes to performance.
Here are 5 Tips to help overcome nervousness before games/competitions:
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