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Cognitive Strategies & Athletic Success

     There are certain mental and cognitive strategies that athletes can use to help themselves with competition and athletic success. Successful athletes show a number of cognitive strategies, such as:

* regulating and managing arousal levels,
* showing self-confidence,
* using concentration and focus,
* feeling in control and not forcing things,
* using positive imagery and thought,
* exercising commitment and determination,
* setting goals,
* having well-developed plans and well-developed coping strategies

Sport psychologists suggest some Guidelines For Practice:

* To enhance confidence, practice specific plans to deal with problems during competition.
* Practice routines to deal with unusual circumstances and distractions before and during competition.
* Concentrate wholly on the upcoming performance and block out irrelevant events and thoughts.
* Use several mental rehearsals prior to competition.
* Don't worry about other competitors before a competition - instead focus on what you can control - your own performance.
* Develop detailed competition plans.
* Learn to regulate arousal and anxiety.

Related Links

Sports Psychology
Motivation
Arousal, Stress & Anxiety
Reinforcement
Intrinsic Motivation
Team Dynamics
Leadership
Communication
Enhancing Performance - PST
Aspects of PST