by Steven Pollack
What is Sport Psychology?
Sport Psychology is the study of psychological factors that affect participation and performance in sports. This subject seeks to understand psychological and mental factors that affect performance in sports, physical activity, and exercise. Sport Psychology can be of vital importance to an athlete’s or team’s improvement during situations of success and failure.
Although many psychologists analyze each individual or situation to determine how to move forward, some of the most important skills taught in this subject are goal setting, relaxation, visualization, self-talk, concentration, use of rituals, periodization, and attribution training.
How it Applies to Tae Kwon Do?
From a very simplistic point of view, being as prepared and stress-free as possible during a competition or demo is of crucial importance. This rings true because as physical activity begins, it is important to focus on the task at hand and not to think about exterior factors that only act as deterrents to an individual’s performance (ex. Stress).
Motivation plays a key role in any type of training or competition. Focusing your energy towards your ultimate goal and only the most important goals at hand will ensure an athlete is completely focused. Motivation can come in many forms. Among these forms include listening to music, pep talks, literature, film, mentors, just to mention a few.
Being able to control your emotions is of vital importance. Mastering these techniques may take time, but the positive benefits attained are certainly worth the time it takes to develop a strong attitude or mind for competition.
Here are some motivational websites that will certainly get you motivated and evoke positive energy within you to help you reach your goals.
Here are some quotes that exemplify the importance of keeping your head up and staying motivated:
“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” – Wayne Gretzky
“It does not matter how many times you get knocked down, but how many times you get up.” – Vince Lombardi
“Gold medals don’t make champions . . . hard work does.” – Unknown