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How Athletes Use Self-Talk In Self Affirmations

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Self- talk can be technical and neutral and be used in self affirmations as they are often used to help athletes stay focused, close out previous mistakes or unsuccessful experiences with the purpose to make the performance automatic (VolleyballAdvistors.com, 2015). I use self-affirmation such as repeating positive statements to myself. An example being when I’m in the position of first receive after the serve I say to myself before the ball is served, “when I see the ball come over from the server, I will stay calm because I am capable of digging the ball to the setter as I have practiced it in class” (VolleyballAdvistors.com, 2015). Throughout gameplay I also use self- talk to give commands to myself such as, ‘Move your feet’ and ‘Focus,’
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