Sports Psychology and success in sports: Part first
Sports are the organization of exercises to keep us healthy and away from various diseases in physical health and mental health disorders. Psychology is a branch of philosophy deeply rooted in understanding the why-questions of human behavior and the underlying mechanisms we can call cognitive processes.
It is a field of applied psychology that concerns the player, their mental conditions, and their behavior in the area and out of the field. The broad application of this field few essential and critical features is here to discuss.
The anxieties of failures
Ask anyone in the sports industry how they are anxious? What failure means to them. Professional sportsmen and women are more prone to anxiety disorders than other populations due to a small margin of tolerance in this industry to collapse.
Sometimes these are hard to lose due to years of training, and they have just one chance in their lives to prove themselves right and naysayers wrong; this pressures them the most. Losing in such events as, Olympics, safe games, international championships, national one’s results, panic attacks, suicides, and self-harms.
Sports psychologists strive to minimize dangers to themselves and others. They counsel and devise coping mechanisms to adjust players in their everyday lives.
The excitements of the victories
Some people can’t handle victories; they start or exacerbate gambling, engage in unsafe relations with others, involve themselves in controversies, and engage in abusive relationships.
That’s why we see more #ME TOO tags involving them in legal battles, and sometimes they end up in jails and early retirements. To avoid such consequences and improve their working professionalisms, sports psychology helps them handle unexpected conditions in the field and lives.
The choking concept
Choking is the exceeding level of anxiety and pressure taken by sports professionals in which they collapse altogether—ending up not achieving the desired outcomes. Missing the shots, confusion, and misjudgment of the opponent’s move are all symptoms of choking.
The more they are in choking situations, the more prone to harm themselves and their careers. Sports psychologists assess this condition, and then further action plans are devised for individuals and sometimes for teams to release them from mental stress and choking.
Failure, losing, and injuries are the nightmares for professional sportsmen and women. There are no doubts that they can develop depression and disappointments to kill them, their careers, and their personal and professional lives.
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To be continued.