Almost every athlete wants to increase his productivity. This is normal. Therefore, I have a proposal for you - this is a new kind of training! ()
I will disclose new issues of preparation in the office of a psychologist - Katarzyna Selwant.
PeSzy: Armwrestler comes to the doctor ...
Katarzyna Selwant: Not to the doctor, but to the mental trainer - a certified sports psychologist. And training this time happens in the gym for ... mind and character.
PeSzy: You surprised me.
Katarzyna Selwant: Obviously, athletes have coaches. They determine the training plan. Athletes and coaches "gain" strength, work on stamina, sharpen technique. And I - as a sports psychologist - I invite you to brain training!
Usually, I suggest starting with finding information about sports psychology and mental preparation. It's all in order to understand "what's all this" and to see that psychological training "does not bite".
All coaches and many athletes know how muscles work, how to build strength, endurance and other characteristics. But understanding the work of the brain is not all. I do not invite to my office immediately, at first I need to consider the feasibility of preparing a "head", whether it will be useful for us. But I also know that it is very necessary to achieve a high level of skill.
PeSzy: I hope this applies to our athletes as well. It's not difficult to find suitable materials.
Katarzyna Selwant: Usually in modern sports, a sports psychologist is part of a team.
PeSzy: Okay, how does this work in the training process?
Katarzyna Selwant: An athlete comes to a sports psychologist for training. No biceps or triceps, but "brain", "head". I emphasize - for training. And this training requires the same dedication as the usual one.
I "do" special exercises with athletes, sometimes we read an inspiring article or watch a motivational video. We are training before the competitions, in order to know how to psychologically prepare ourselves already during the starts.
PeSzy: Is it possible that someone doesn’t fit to the definite kind of sport, and a he should finish with it?
Katarzyna Selwant: This can not be! We are not born confident. But there is nothing wrong with that. We can train this confidence. We are born with a certain character, but the personality is formed throughout life. Many mental faculties, such as concentration or coping with stress, we can easily train.
Half is genetics, half is the environment, but there is still a very important element - working on yourself. Same as in the gym!
PeSzy: For the first time I talk to a psychologist and hear the word "training". I think that this will appeal to many athletes. But I will continue to ask - how to train self-confidence?
Katarzyna Selwant: Self-confidence is only an element of the whole. We can and must train other abilities, for example, concentration. In particular, the kind of concentration that is necessary in our sport. In football, we focus on the "broad picture", we want to "see" the whole field - and our, and rivals. But archery does not need a wide concentration, we do not know what others are doing, we need to narrow the field of concentration. In the fight at the table in armwrestling, we are worried only by the opponent...
PeSzy: I will add that also at the referee, as we react to his command.
Katarzyna Selwant: Yes, and on this basis we are developing the way of concentration that we need.
PeSzy: I understand that the effect will not appear after a normal conversation, but after performing specific exercises?
Katarzyna Selwant: Before you start training with a sports psychologist, you need to understand that we have different categories of goals that we set for ourselves.