Give Yourself A Pep Talk
Giving yourself a pep talk, really does work and will yield instant results. Studies published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research found that men who said “I can jump high” out loud before attempting a jump produced more power in their legs to launch themselves up, than when they said nothing at all – Mind over Matter. The researchers concluded that verbalizing the action tells your brain cerebral cortex to activate more muscle fibers.
Computer Games Can Aid Performance
According to Montreal’s School of Optometry, playing computer games improves athletic performance by 53%. The researchers found visual tracking exercises condition your brain to manage a lot of visual information, which enhances mental speed and efficiency on the
playing field and at work when multi-tasking.
Control Your Nerves & Anxiety
Controlling your nerves prior to a performance can improve your overall performance according to a study conducting by University of Wales Institute in Cardiff as they analyzed the pre-competition habits of top world-class athletes and came up with the most effective solutions to the most common causes of pre-event anxiety.
- Butterflies: Find a quiet spot and visualize past successes to mitigate the anxiety causing hormone cortisol from disrupting your system.
- Performance Anxiety: Recall Muhammad Ali and repeat his mantras, ” Strong and Fast” or “This is my Chance” to control anxiety.
- Muscle Cramps: If you find you you’re so panic stricken you can’t move use the technique used to treat panic attacks – inhale and tense muscle groups, then release and exhale. Try that a couple of times.
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