In Sports Psychology, it is common for athletes to tell me that they get frustrated because things do not go the way they were trained on the court. It happens to everyone, and there are many variables at play, but it is possible to change the way we train to improve our performance.
If you add to your practice a component of competence, a similar emotional context, if you reach the same state and the same rhythm that you feel when you play, where tensions, fears and anger arise, then there you can face the most prepared and balanced game.
The real competition is in who processes better and faster the anger and frustrations when playing, and not so much in the technical competence of a swing, a drive or a kick.
To lower the tension when competing, it is advisable that instead of being calm in the game, we are tense in practice. In other words: if we manage to replicate the tensions in practice, we will be able to resolve them much better during the match.
In the warm-up we try to get nervous, anxious, little relaxed, annoying and demanding to the fullest. Let’s build an uncomfortable environment in which we can build a clear and unchanging strategy. Calibrate the swing so that it is always the same, your own. Let our game be one and simple, go to the basics and keep playing with that simplicity later, during the game.
What can I do with my head when things do not go the way I want in the game? Try to calm down Continue with the strategy that was put together in practice and stick beyond the emotions. If it does not work out as we want, there is something we are doing differently from what we do in practice. In the game it’s time to hit the ball, to play; It is not the place to solve technical issues.
If in practice we only fine-tune the technical skills in a field far from the emotionality of the game, when the time comes to compete we are forced to think a lot and to spend energies that disperse us. The simple becomes complex.
Let’s take an example of a game of golf: the athlete throws the ball and goes three meters to the right of the flag. He throws again and now the ball drifts three meters to the left. Instead of concentrating on the technique he trained, correcting the shot and aiming at the flag, the golfer decides to throw three meters to the right to compensate for the error and get the ball to reach the hole.
The error is being compensated with another error, instead of calibrating the swing well. The athlete is putting together a strategy based on how things are going in the game, an approach that is variable and complex and that forces you to think too much when it comes to throwing. The swing ends up getting in your head and blocks it to achieve the results you are looking for.