April 23, 2021

What determines the athletic success: Psycho-mental Factors

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Not the best, but the one that suits!

Every person, in whatever area he is active, develops elements that help him adapt and evolve. For each area of activity, the “necessary” features-characteristics vary according to the requirements of the Treaties. In the sport environment, the athletes adaptation and success depends on factors that relate to physical and technical elements as those that are “most” projected. Athletes are trained to develop their sporting attributes by placing more emphasis on how to improve their physical condition and technical knowledge.

Why, however, they do not have the same mood every day? What are the factors that determine their tolerance in training fatigue? Why do some people understand the instructions given and develop a better understanding and speed of thinking? Why do some athletes become “better” than others, and follow the same workout? And if he is someone talented with technical or physical elements, will he necessarily reach the top? Because for many athletes, training is a high performance environment, and they struggle to “make” their own good in the race. Research data and daily experience show that the success of the athlete “depends” on many psychological and spiritual factors as well as on his Personality. Psychological include motives, self-confidence, anxiety management, emotional management, self-control ability, and other factors that regulate the athlete’s emotional state.

Similarly, spiritual factors include skills such as concentration, information analysis, thinking speed, decision making, information selection, understanding of the environment, and all the elements that constitute the spiritual dimension of the individual.

In any case, both the psychological and the mental elements of the athlete are feasible to measure as there are corresponding tools for the assessment of the corresponding dimensions.

The elements of Personality that help the athlete to succeed are the readiness for co-operation, diligence and discipline, perseverance and patience and what else he develops over the years and is a “piece” of his personality.

Both psychological and spiritual elements are acquired, each athlete has the ability to “work” on the basis of his attempt to acquire them. Psychological elements are difficult to work and require a combination of things. Try to work within a space of self-confidence, which one takes years to acquire. Similarly, many factors play a role in Spiritual Data, and it also works as a factor difficult.

The important thing for the athlete is to understand what items he needs to work more, as necessary for his sport or his progress. Athletes choose to focus on technical elements and physical condition, as they are the ones that “look” more. For the optimum physical condition, however, it will be necessary to have the corresponding psycho-spiritual.

It seems that Darwin s attitude seems to prevail in sports: “There is not the strongest or the best, but the one who adapts to the conditions“, highlighting the psycho-mental factor …

Source: Zarotis Ioannis, Sports Psychologist MSc-PhD