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Chapter 19

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University of Guelph
PSYC 3480
Anneke Olthof

Chapter 19 – Mental Preparation  "It isn't hard to be good from time to time in sports. What is tough is being good every day" - Willie Mays Commitment  Commitment - dedication and sacrifice to chosen path relative to other activities that could be pursued. Levels of personal investment, feelings of competence, independence, self-determination, satisfaction, and joy of participation - factors associated with commitment  Playing with poise and confidence, controlling emotions, and understanding you will continue to compete with same intensity and purpose regardless of outcome o Without commitment and control, athletes not take extra steps to become mentally prepared Pre-Performance Preparation  What athletes do days leading up to competition, preparation on game day, and in minutes leading to start of competition are part of pre-performance preparation o Set stage for best performance through preparing thoughts, controlling emotions, and activating skills  Goal of mental training to be ready to compete at one's best consistently both within game and game after game at highest levels of performance o Thoughts, feelings, and actions primed for optimal performance each time compete  Many athletes go through individualized, planned mental practice typically start days before competition, and continue right up to and during competition o Most effective readying procedure is personal; have to find and use systematic procedure or routine that works for you. May involve trial-and-error experimentation at first, accompanied by consultations with coaches  Night before competition is time to quietly relax and enjoy past experiences of having played well, remembering specific highlights from previous games, and positive warm memories of celebrating with teammates, family, and friends  Mental preparation includes pre-game procedures of stretching and physical warm- up - get physically and mentally ready  Athlete's external world (physical surroundings and events in surroundings) and internal world (thoughts and feelings) to be managed in way there is sense of maximal well-being and readiness to compete Rehearsal of Psychological Skills as Part of Mental Preparation  Include 1+ of foll
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