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Top 5 mistakes athletes make when preparing for a game
As athletes, it is quite normal to find that we put in so much effort into our physical health that we forget how important our mental health is too as well, and how vital it is to our overall performance.
In this piece, Peak Performance director Danielle McDonough, will be sharing some mistakes that athletes make when preparing for a game.
1) WARMUP ROUTINE IS INCOMPLETE
By warming up your mind with the right tools you are ensuring your focus is properly dialed in, and that you will maintain, that focus start to finish.
2) FOCUSING ON THE WRONG THINGS
Focusing on past mistakes, previous outcomes against opponents, or that you “must win” today is not where you want your energy flowing right before game time.
3) ALLOW EXTERNAL DISTRACTIONS TO WREAK INTERNAL HAVOC
Coaching style, team chemistry, pre-game talks from parents - being equipped with the tools to enable you to prepare and dominate regardless of any of these situations is key to consistently performing at a high level.
4) PRE-GAME ROUTINE LACKS STEPS TO BE FULLY PREPARED
Implementing your unique set of pre-game tools, in the right order, at the right time, will yield massive performance results on a consistent basis. *Hint: It starts 1-2 nights before the game…
5) NO PHYSICAL OR MENTAL PREP FOR PRACTICES
You will play how you practice, so you better make sure you are practicing how you want to play! Proper mental and physical warmup before practice is imperative for long term success.
Mastering these common mistakes is the missing link to unlocking your full potential and completely transforming the way you perform.
I have helped hundreds of athletes develop and maintain consistency in their performances by identifying and altering their individual areas for improvement.
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