The dreaded mental block. Something all coaches, parents, and athletes hope they never have to encounter. While mental blocks can be very frustrating for everyone involved, there are different ways to help diminish the effects of mental blocks on athlete performance.
The term mental block refers to the concept of an athlete being hesitant or fearful of performing a particular skill, whether that be tumbling, stunting, or other various skills. There are many different ways that mental blocks can develop, it is important to understand the source of the block in order to be able to reverse it. Potential causes of mental blocks include:
Thankfully, there are various strategies that can be used to help curb the block, including the following:
It’s Day 2 of Nationals and your team has a great shot at winning. They had a great performance Day 1 and are currently in the lead. Everyone on the team is very excited and ready to show what they have been working so hard for all season. During warm ups, several athletes on the team are talking about how important this performance is and how much the team needs to hit the routine to win. Unfortunately, once the team hits the floor, they have a less than stellar performance and end up dropping several places.
This example can be very frustrating for the coaches, athletes, as well as the parents and spectators. While some amount of anxiety is a normal and can be a good way to improve performance, too much anxiety can hinder performance and result in negative effects.
There are several strategies that a coach or athlete can use to help reduce the occurrence of high levels of competition anxiety.
Reduce the Importance of Winning
Recognize the Individual Needs of Team Members
Reduce Uncertainty in a Competition Environment
One of the best ways to help motivate your team or an athlete is to develop goals for them to achieve. Here are my Top 10 tips to creating goals that are not only attainable, but will lead to increased motivation for your athletes.
Disclaimer: The information contained on this website is compiled from a variety of professional sources as well as the author's own experiences. The information should NOT be used in place of a visit to your healthcare provider or used to disregard any advice provided by your healthcare provider.