We’ve all heard stats that athletics is something like 10-30% physical, and 60-90% mental. Research repeatedly finds that peak performers have an uncanny ability to focus their mind to accomplish amazing feats; weight lifters lift 20% more weight after practicing mental training techniques, swimmers hold their breath 45-seconds longer under water, mountain climbers able to reach higher elevations with less oxygen intake. It’s learning about what we can control. We can control our effort and the tasks we’re working on, we can’t control other people or the situations around us. If we focus on things within our control we will be less susceptible to distraction…which is the enemy of peak performance.
Coaches work with teams during the soccer seasons on various mental conditioning topics.