Tag someone with a good head game! ——————————
Psychology of Elite Performance
The use of psychological skills and strategies are predictors of great athletic performances and distinguish between the sub-elite and elite athletes. Psychological skills and strategies include self-talk, goal setting, emotional control, imagery, and relaxation. Specifically, emotional control, self-talk and imagery have the strongest links to success. These abilities are developed over hours of practice with the aid of formal instruction. ——————————
A connection is drawn with deliberation practice theory and expertise in sports. Deliberate practice theory predicts that the hours spent doing quality practice that is effortful and not necessarily enjoyable is related to performance improvements. A function of this theory is ‘effortful’ practice (that in which there is no financial or social reward and is not easy or automatic) develops the athlete's ability more than enjoyable or effortless training. Deliberate practice is training weakness and tedious focus on a skill with feedback and correction. ——————————
During the process of deliberate practice, psychological abilities are also developed in-hand with the physical changes over the years of an athlete's career. We should remember that a large proportion of our female footy players may be beginning their sports career as a footy player not having been exposed to the various contact sports, team interaction or athletic development like their male counterparts have. For our women, this puts them back in hours spent learning fundamental movements and limits the exposure to athletic mind.
Learn more about what makes a great #femalefootyplayer at our website- link in bio. ————————————
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1. Taylor, M.K., D. Gould, and C. Rolo, Performance strategies of US Olympians in practice and competition. High Ability Studies, 2008. 19(1): p. 19-36.
2. Ericsson, K.A., Deliberate practice and acquisition of expert performance: a general overview. Academic emergency medicine, 2008. 15(11): p. 988-994.
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