Sports In Society Essay

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Sports in Society

Laura Ann Giraldi Sports in Society Sports Psychology: Self -- Confidence in
Sport Activity November 21, 1996

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     Sports Psychology is one of the most up and coming sciences of the present time. This practice focuses on training athletes to use their mental capacities along with their physical talent to reach what is known as peak performance. Sports Psychologists analyze the performance of athletes and use motivational, cognitive, and behavioral principles to teach them peak performance levels. Sixty to ninety percent of success in sports is due to mental factors and psychological mastery. Sensing the importance of mental training in recent years, scientists have developed mental
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More specifically an athlete must look at such experiences carefully and learn from them. They must not focus on the bad, but how it can help them in the future.
For example, a basketball player who missed a foul shot that could have won the game must not view the experience as I am a loser; he must say “My foul shooting needs a little help.” In turn, this athlete should take a little time before and after practice to drill this technique. By doing this he is not focusing on the negative he is building towards a positive. This technique is very important to the athlete who is looking to strive for peak performance. For an athlete who dwells on the negative aspects

(3) of their performance will never appreciate or accentuate their positive aspects. This in the long run will not allow them to develop to their full potential.      A second technique in gaining self-confidence is a skill called self- talk. This is indeed a skill. This should be done when the athlete is spending quiet time with themselves. This is the time when an athlete must throw out all modest tendencies and falsehoods. This is a time when the athlete must be completely honest with themselves and their performance. This is also the time when the athlete must allow themselves to be their own best friend. These self- talks should be very detailed and taken seriously. They should include statements about past success, hard work, team cohesion,

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