Mental game matters for Olympians – and you

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Mental game matters for Olympians – and you

Sian Beilock, a University of Chicago psychologist and author of the book Choke, says “What messes you up is not the worries, but the overattention to detail.”
5 mental tricks

Some mental tricks from the experts on how to improve your game:
While you execute a skilled movement like a free throw, keep your mind off the mechanics. Clear your head. Sing to yourself or think of a mantra such as “smooth” or “straight.”
Get used to pressure by practicing in front of an observer or a video camera.
Find and stick to a routine or ritual that makes you comfortable.
Set a time limit for how long you’ll stew about a flub such as a bad golf shot. Then forget it and focus on the next action.
Write down your anxieties about a big upcoming game. It’s a little like downloading them so they’re less likely to pop up during the event.
Associated Press

Mental game matters for Olympians – and you

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Sian Beilock, a University of Chicago psychologist and author of the book Choke, says “What messes you up is not the worries, but the overattention to detail.”
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