By: Danny Ourian
In basketball, conditions change constantly. Your opponent changes, the venues change, the weather, how you feel a particular day - it can all vary from game to game. In order to create consistency of behavior (i.e. how we play), it helps to create a consistent pre-performance routine that stabilizes the way you think and feel leading into your competition. A simple and memorable way to structure your pre-performance routine is the acronym "PREP."
"PREP" stands for Pick a quality, Release distractions, manage your Energy, and Preview situations.
Let's take a closer look at each.
Pre-performance routines take your game to the next level by unlocking your ability to adopt a stable mindset leading into your game. With all the moving parts surrounding your sport, creating a regular routine will allow you to create consistency and control in an often-turbulent world. By picking a quality as to how you want to show up, recognizing and releasing distractions, managing your energy, and previewing situations, you're setting yourself up for success on the court!
Hanson, T. (2012). Playing Big Mental Toughness Manual. The Play Big Academy. Tampa, FL.