Mental Conditioning for Athletes
In 1979-1980, scientists discovered that Mental Conditioning is 300% more effective than physical training alone. This means that if athletes are already in good physical shape, have a good coach, and possess basic grounding in any sport, they can achieve 3 times more benefit from mental training than from physical training alone.
Ask any athlete of the highest caliber what allows them to perform so well, and the answer is bound to be the same: Mental Conditioning.
- How can a baseball player easily hit a ball in front of 50,000 screaming fans?
- Why is a sprinter undeterred by a large field of fierce competitors?
- How do sprinters and jumpers consistently beat their personal best records?
- How does a football team come from last place and suddenly begin winning every game?
- How does a tennis player or golfer focus so well despite distractions?
- How does an athlete return to full-out play after healing from serious injury?
- How can a young gymnast balance on a 4-inch beam, seemingly oblivious to the noise and commotion all around them?
- What helps a team dig in harder and rally when they find themselves behind?
- What can put an end to self-limiting, self-defeating negative thoughts, beliefs and attitudes?
- What can help build confidence and self-esteem on and off the field?
- And what helps expand and develop superior team morale, spirit and dynamics?
For decades, coaches have struggled and searched for methods that could instill mental toughness in the minds of their athletes. However, in today’s world of sports, coaches do not have to struggle anymore.
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The primary technique utilized in Mental Conditioning programs (namely, hypnosis) was approved by the American Medical Association in 1958. Although results vary, they are frequently quite noticeable, and sometimes even astonishing.
Mental Conditioning has become an essential part of sports training programs all over the world. Athletes in every sport and at every level are currently enjoying the benefits of mental training in addition to traditional physical conditioning and great coaching. As such, more games are being won and more records are being broken.
Mental Conditioning provides athletes with a competitive edge. At the high school level, athletes are also well groomed and prepared for collegiate sports. They learn skills and techniques that can benefit them in many positive and beneficial ways for the rest of their lives.
Mental Conditioning provides athletes with the mental tools they need to improve concentration and focus, avoid distractions, deal with constantly changing arousal levels, increase confidence and attitude, and improve endurance, consistency, agility, power, speed, coordination, balance, strength, team dynamics and intra-team cohesion.
Mental Conditioning helps athletes set and achieve their goals. It can help free athletes from negative self-limiting and self-defeating beliefs and thoughts they may have developed about themselves or their team. It also teaches athletes how to get in and stay “in the zone” during practice, play and competition.
Mental Conditioning helps athletes return to the game after healing from a serious injury — mentally unscathed. So often, the most difficult part of returning to play post injury is the athlete being able to get past the mental blocks created by the initial traumatizing event itself. Fear of pain and/or re-injury can easily turn an otherwise confident and highly enthusiastic athlete, into a suddenly defensive, reserved, timid and hesitant one. Once the athlete’s physician clears them to return to their sport — Mental Conditioning can quickly help restore confidence and remove unnecessary worry and fear.
Mental Conditioning helps mediocre athletes with the willingness to work and train hard, and a sincere and strong desire to succeed – it greatly improves their performance. For some, it can mean the difference between average ability and exceptional athleticism.
With the cost of a college education being so high, Mental Conditioning has helped scores of young athletes stand out and be noticed. For so many, a sports scholarship can turn the dream of a college education into reality.
Time Magazine reported in a cover story during the 1984 Olympics, that in the darkness before the finals in women’s gymnastics – Mary Lou Retton, (16 years-old) lay in bed at the Olympic Village mentally rehearsing her routine ritual. She had done the same on hundreds of preceding nights, visualizing herself performing all her routines flawlessly in her mind, rehearsing them yet again and again. The end result was a routine of flawlessness, presented with charisma, composure and coolness, culminating in a gold medal.
During the Olympic Games of the 70’s and 80’s the Russian Olympic Team brought no less than 11 Sports Hypnotists with them to the games.
The result? The rest of the world could only stand back and watch as the Russian teams won event after event. The shocking fact is that these athletes actually spent less time engaging in physical training than the rest of the field — yet they dominated many events. The team later attributed their enormous success to the incorporation of Mental Conditioning to all of their sports training programs.
Professional Caliber Athletes Succeed Using Mental Conditioning.
For runner Lee Evans, a famous 400-meter Olympic champion and world-record holder, success involved visualizing every stride of his race. His strategy was to seek-out and correct weaknesses in every stride he made on the track. Evans perfected his form in his mind, and then accomplished the same feat on the track. With the use of dual conditioning and a powerful ability to focus entirely on each stride of every single race, Evan’s became a true champion.
At the 2006 Junior Olympics in Baltimore, Maryland — Shelby Kennard, (a freshman) set the high school record of 12′ 6″ on her first jump. Shelby said, “I used to get frustrated while training, especially during meets. I definitely was not meeting my potential. When I added Mental Conditioning to my training, I began improving fast. I still listen to sessions on my IPOD before every meet to relax and focus during competition. It also helps with taking tests and my school work, which is an added bonus.”
Angela Bailey, three time Olympian, Olympic Medalist, and an internationally recognized advocate of drug free sports said, “Before I was an Olympic Medalist, I was overwhelmed by fear and doubt. But I was determined to achieve my dreams. Then I discovered hypnosis, and the rest is history.”
Boxer Ken Norton attributed his world-famous victory over Mohammed Ali in part, to the addition of sports hypnosis to his rigorous physical training program.
Wayne Gretsky used Mental Training for the edge it gave him, enabling him to become one of greatest hockey players in the world.
Mental Conditioning Increases Focus And Concentration While Helping To Black-Out Distractions.
Tiger Woods has a definitive edge – his personal Coach, Jay Brunza, is a trained and Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist. Brunza has been working with Tiger Woods for years. There is no question that Tiger Wood’s great golfing performances have been greatly impacted by the Mental Conditioning techniques he has learned and uses every day.
Jack Nicklaus is well known for coining the phrase, “Golf is a game of inches and the most important are the 7 inches between your ears.” Three of the best golfers in the world, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Lee Trevino have all made use of Mental Conditioning techniques to improve their play, avoid distractions and help them play every single hole of each game “in the zone.”
Elite basketball champion, Michael Jordan is yet another example of how Mental Conditioning has powerfully effected and improved his sports performance. Phil Jackson (who re-joined the Los Angeles Lakers as head coach on June 14, 2005) is the NBA’s career leader in playoff victories and playoff winning percentages. Jackson has won nine NBA titles, tying Red Auerbach for the most all-time.
Jackson insists that the Chicago Bulls practiced daily Mental Conditioning techniques when he coached Michael Jordan and the Bulls to their 6 NBA Championships. Later, after coaching the Los Angeles Lakers to a win in Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals in 2002, Jackson credited his morning practice of Mental Conditioning with giving the Lakers the belief they could win – so they did.
Perhaps one of the most famous examples of the benefits of Mental Conditioning for an athlete is the story of Rod Carew, one of American baseballs finest. Carew had suffered a serious injury, which while technically healed, left him with pain and an elevated sense of self-doubt. A sports hypnotist was consulted. Carew began sessions. In a very short time, Carew came back and had the best season of his career, with a batting score of almost .400. He went on to win the MVP Award that same year.
Major league baseball players such as George Brett and Damion Easley have both made use of Mental Conditioning or sports hypnosis to improve their performances.
The entire 1983 Chicago White Sox team used Mental Conditioning to help them win their division and reach the playoffs that year.
Famous tennis player, Jimmy Connors, used Mental Training to win the U.S. Open Championship.
“My visualization has been refined more and more as the years go on. That is what really got me the world record and Olympic medals. I see myself swimming the race before the race really happens, and I try to be on the splits. I concentrate on attaining the splits I have set out to do. About 15 minutes before the race I always visualize the race in my mind and “see” how it will go. You are really swimming the race. You are visualizing it from behind the block. In my mind, I go up and down the pool, rehearsing all parts of the race, visualizing how I actually feel in the water.” Alex Bauman, Olympic Champion.
In the 1988 Seoul Summer Games, the power of sports hypnosis on focus and performance was displayed beautifully when Olympic diver Greg Louganis hit his head on the board while performing a complicated dive during the 3 Meter Final. In what is considered one of the greatest feats in sporting history, Louganis, his head gushing blood, had the wound treated (while he put earphones on to listen to his Mental Conditioning tapes.) Amazingly, Louganis then went out to score a perfect dive the second time, earning him enough points to win the gold medal.
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