I recognize the importance of pursuing the mission to make mental training part of every athletes off-ice routine. You wouldn’t wait until your athlete had an injury before you started introducing stretch and fitness classes. So, why wait until there is a mental block or significant lack of confidence to start implementing mindset strengthening classes?
The need to take a preventative, proactive approach to mental training, making it accessible to all skaters from beginner to elite, is a true investment. Skating clubs can make mental training part of the program they offer skaters from the very beginning. There are many reasons and benefits in doing so. Here I highlight ten.
- It normalizes mental training and makes it more easily accessible.
- The skater no longer feels like she/he is alone in her/his thoughts and emotions dealing with pressure.
- It produces skaters who are connected to their thoughts and feelings.
- It builds confidence.
- It helps skaters become more brave.
- It produces skaters who can better communicate their needs.
- It focuses on building the WHOLE athlete: mind, body, and spirit.
- It improves skater’s ability to focus.
- The skater learns coping skills for dealing with injury and time away from the ice.
- It builds a more resilient athlete who can cope with failure and set backs.
Sport Specific Mental Training
To get started, your club can offer a sport specific mental training masterclass in person or online. Meeting and connecting with your athletes and teaching the fundamentals of mental training, is a great way to build connection to do great work together.
Next, the club will invest in and include mental training as part of their already scheduled seasonal off-ice program. Sessions will be conducted via video conference with the group of skaters. Investment for 1 hr of training is $125 CAD. Email me at email@example.com to book your masterclass.
Providing skills to athletes at the beginner stage will help prevent future problems from occurring at the elite level, when the pressure is heavy and a lot is at stake.
Until Next Time,
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