Psychological Resources

Here are some psychological resources that you may like to try in your competition preparation or training to improve your race day performance.

RESOURCES > DEMANDS => PERFORMANCE

How do we recreate emotions that may occur during race day or the race?

  • Recreate the environment during training.
  • Control what we can and see what happens.
  • Mind and body psychology.
  • Recreate the ‘A Game’.
  • Separate practice time from technical time.

Recreate the race day routine for training.

  • Use the 5 P’s method of preparation. Prior Preparation Prevents Poor Performance.
  • Know what time training starts and start on time, know what you are doing for your session, prepare for you session with food and hydration.
  • Pressurise the training session i.e. work at the specified HR and Times on the training program, time trials. The time for fun is after training.
  • Efficient breathing before, during and after each training effort to maintain coherence.
  • Recover properly in mind and body. Hydrotherapy, massage, yoga, relaxation and visualization.

It’s all about the training program.

  • Make sure you have a structured periodized training program.
  • If you don’t have one how can you achieve your goals?
  • Who will help you to prepare your mind and body and what will it cost you?
  • Toughen up princess?
    • In the heat of completion it hurts so recreate that experience during training when required in mind and body.
    • Bring training and competition closer together by simulating potential aspects of competition in training.

Psychological approach for consistency.

  • What has worked before with your ‘A’ Game plan?
  • Learn to recreate emotions through focusing on thoughts and behaviors.
  • Visualize your perfect race plan from start to finish.

Allow training sessions to improve the technical aspects of your event.

  • Biomechanically for you technique and muscle development.
  • Psychologically for you race plan and tactics.
  • Physiologically for your body development, preparation and recovery.

I have written this overview with a surf sports perspective from notes taken from a presentation given by AIS Sprint Kayak Sport Psychologist Andrea Furst in Canberra February 2010.

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