Clutch is what we call athletes who hit the game winner, make the save, or knock in the tying run when its all on the line. Many athletes dream of being clutch, but few truly are. However, coaches can teach their players to come through under pressure, to be clutch.
Human performance fascinates us all. What was Roger Bannister thinking when he trained to break the 4 minute mile? Certainly, he was focused on the possibilities. Truly, the magic is found in what an athlete is thinking. Thoughts drive performance.
When is the last time you felt rejuvenated? Perhaps it was as long ago as last summer’s beach vacation. Without a regular rhythm of rejuvenation, we feel worn out, run down, stressed, and maybe even a little depressed. That’s not how you want to feel this Christmas! Allow me to share some tips to rejuvenate and reenergize your mind, body, and spirit this holiday season.
When our minds become focused on worries, doubts and fears, we become anxious. Anxiety (or nervousness) sets our bodies’ stress responses in motion. This natural reaction, designed to facilitate an optimal response to life’s demands, can carry with it adverse effects. Specifically, an increase in muscle tension can interfere with an athlete’s performance.
No one likes to lose. And yet, in the 64 team bracket that makes up the NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament known affectionately as March Madness, 63 teams go home defeated. Or do they?
While conversing with my father-in-law as the Wichita State Shockers took on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the round of 16, I was reminded of a truth I’ve encountered many times in sport: sometimes you lose and sometimes you get beaten. Casey Stengel, a big leaguer, said, “most ball games are lost, not won.” Let’s take a deeper look at that statement.
In competition, athletes often get distracted by thoughts, fears and forecasts. This creates added stress and takes focus and concentration away from the current play. Performance plummets, mistakes are made and the player struggles to get his or her head back in the game. What if you could help athletes stay focused in the present?