Dear readers, this article was prepared especially for the representatives of Poland on the Zloty Tur. But we decided - my interlocutor, Marek Milczarek, and I [PeSzy] - that we will share with everyone. If fair play – so fair play. ()
We are talking about psychological preparation for fights "on home field". We also hope that the advice will be useful in any other situation.
Use the trump cards of home field
Marek, tell us as experienced psychologist, how can our athletes use what they fight in their territory, at home? Is this an advantage?
Marek Milczarek: Hello everyone. The question is interesting. On the one hand, the Zloty Tur will be held in our country, but since we have always been the hosts of this event, many athletes associate it with Poland. As a result, they can feel at home here and experience less pressure.
Although I do not know if pressure plays any role for athletes of this level. Usually on the Zloty Tur there are no athletes who are just starting their way in armwrestling, here, rather, those who "ate the teeth" in arm-wrestling.
Of course, there will be some newcomers who will first come to the World Cup, and I have advice for them. You must come to the struggle with a calm head and without complexes. Perhaps, this time you will come across rival who was your idol. But you can not give up fighting or succumb.
During such fights, the head is very important. I can recall the situation with Rafal Wozny at the last Cup of Poland. He felt self-control, inner control, or even cold. Watching Rafal, I also saw not only self-confidence, but also awareness of skills and strength. Thanks to this, he pulled with players who were theoretically better. Therefore, you should always remember this. Like the fact that the best athletes are just people who make mistakes. And, of course, we can not forget the fans, most of whom should be on the side of their athletes.
Can you say that playing “on home field” is akin to doping?
Marek Milczarek: Of course, yes. Therefore, as I said earlier, a big task on the side of the fans. Usually in armwrestling there is no such support, as on football matches. Therefore, the right support of fans can slightly embarrass the visiting athlete, especially if he is not used to such an atmosphere. As I said, many who come to us for several years in a row will not feel pressure because of someone else's territory. But a crowd of good fans can cause such an athlete to lose some of his confidence and decisive momentum. As we know, a properly motivated athlete can make miracles, but also screaming fans can disorient him. But, despite all this, it's worth the risk. So, ladies and gentlemen, I urge you not to disappoint athletes and provide them with the necessary support.
How can I show my opponent that "I do not care, I am at home"? And is it even possible?
Marek Milczarek: First of all, we must remember that we are at home. And do not give in, because we have a more experienced and titled player. So what? I'm at home, and I dictate the rules!
Usually in armwrestling fights are short. Opponents often meet just before the fight, so there is not much time for the so-called "psychological warfare". So you should try to demonstrate my dominance using body language. Therefore, we straighten, we reduce the shoulder blades, the chest with the wheel.
It's also good to look straight in the eyes. And here I have a trick. Many people usually do not get it, because the look "jumps" from one eye to the other. But just look between the eyebrows. Then our sight remains in one place, and there is no impression of "nerves". In addition, it is much easier to maintain concentration.
These little tricks that can signal dominance can be set. Sometimes it is enough to jerk when you are in the capture position.