Mental Skills Development

Learning and growth are life-long experiences

Often, athletes are judged as having it or not having it, cut out for it or not cut out for it. These refer to mental capacities for competing. It is a myth that mental strength only applies at the elite level, but whether you are a novice playing your first internal league match or a junior making a debut in a U11 event, the mental aspect of performance applies. Astute coaches recognise this and help develop mental skills alongside physical skills.

In any sport skill and performance should be viewed as a whole, bringing together physical, mental and emotional intelligence. To isolate one aspect of performance in favour of another is detrimental to performance. Coaches, participants and spectators are often heard saying it’s all in the mind. Despite this, the majority of coaches and participants neglect mental skills training in favour of physical.

Do you have what it takes to succeed?

There are many squash players who can tear around the court responding and retrieving robotically, but struggling to make appropriate tactical decisions or deconstructing rallies or holding it together for key points. A one-dimensional athlete is a limited one.

A talented well-composed athlete adapts to the tactical, mental and emotional challenges that come with any sporting event. You don’t have to be a podium contender to start developing the mental aspect of performance. Equally you do not have to be fined or side-lined by disciplinary action before recognising a need to do something about it.

If you rely on your coach or team-mates for advice and cannot adapt to situations during competition your performance and achievements will be limited. Decisions are made moment to moment: a versatile athlete is an adaptable one.

The best performers are those who can dig deep and remain calm and focused when it seems everything is falling apart.

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Trust in yourself

Anything is possible with:

  • Desire
  • Drive
  • Determination
  • Dedication

Pragmatic Approach

  • Goal-setting
  • Self-evaluation
  • Mindful practices
  • Manage emotions
  • Learn to focus
  • Balanced Perspective
  • Optimal Preparation

Benefits

  • Enhance learning
  • Balance personal growth
  • Self-awareness
  • Improve communication
  • Confidence Boost
  • Healthier Mindset
  • Enhance performance