Essay about Introduction to Different Types of Mental Training

3069 Words Sep 10th, 2011 13 Pages
Task: B1

Introduction to Different Types of Mental Training
An athlete qualifying for an Olympic Final competes against athletes who are fit, strong, flexible, powerful and skilful. All the competitors have devoted time and energy to becoming top-class athletes. However, there is only one champion and two medal winners. Often the difference between a medal and eighth place is a fraction of a second or a few centimetres. Interviews with athletes who succeed at this highest level often focus on which aspect of their preparation made them different from everyone else. Nine times out of ten these great athletes refer to a mental edge or psychological toughness.
An athlete who wants to compete against other talented athletes needs to think
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Then you’re able to imagine yourself coping with these negative influences in a number of ways and being able to perform the task successfully.

Developing Confidence
A football player has been taking penalties for his team on a regular basis but keeps missing them which have knocked his confidence in his ability to score penalties. The sport psychologist could work with the player asking him to remember having a strong support foot placement, striking the ball hard and true, thinking about where exactly he wants the ball to go, seeing the ball hit the back of the net and thinking about the elation experienced at successfully scouring a goal. The sport psychologist would do this because seeing yourself perform well in your mind is a good way of increasing a sense of mastery. It increases your belief in your ability to perform a task.

Relaxation
A sprinter is in the start position in the final of the men’s 100m hurdles at the Olympics Games. In this example the athlete would imagine emotions associated with relaxation and together with other techniques such as breathing exercises, could try to control anxiety, arousal and stress levels

Mental Rehearsal
Mental rehearsal is one aspect of imagery. It is a strategy for practicing something in your mind before actually performing the task. The difference between mental rehearsal and imagery is that mental rehearsal does not take into account how the skill is rehearsed or what senses and emotions are used…