Sports Psychology And What Goes On The Brain Of An Athlete

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Sports Psychology and What Goes On in the Brain of an Athlete
Gabriel Cerna
Community College of Aurora What Goes on in the Brain of an Athlete
Every athlete that needs to compete has to be not only be physically ready, but they also need to be psychologically ready. Thousands of things go through the head of an athlete before the event even happens. They also have to think about what they are going to do while they are in the game. It is hard to react and perform at your best when a person’s mind is not clear. They can do all of the physical preparation that they need to do but being mentally ready is another thing. Some athletes are naturally stronger mentally than others. Having the motivation, grit, and will to accomplish something great are reasons why one can perform better than others. There is also other things that go on in the human brain that allow athletes to perform the way they do. In some cases it can affect their performance in a good way or a bad way. I will be discussing sports psychology, anxiety and performance, and the effects of exercise on endorphins, serotonin, and dopamine.
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Understanding Sports Psychology There are many things that athletes go through mentally. Having many things to take into consideration while attempting to execute a good performance can be difficult to do. “An individual’s stage of behavior change before the implementation of a performance-related intervention” (Powell, 2011). When an athlete is in…

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