“All great athletes have a mental switch, and it should be your goal to get one too.
Think of a light switch in your house. You flip it, and the lights turn on. Pretty simple, right? Well, a mental switch is in your brain. When you flip it, your mind goes to a state of perfect concentration, intensity, and confidence. The most experienced athletes usually have really effective, powerful mental switches. They can make themselves internally sharp with a snap of their fingers, just by recognizing that they’ve got a job to do and it’s time to get it on. They can be having a conversation and maybe a few laughs, and in a matter of a few seconds they’re ready to rock and roll. They recognize the task in front of them and apply the right level of inner strength to it. Then, after they’ve taken care of business, they can flip the switch off and relax.” -Matt Foreman, Catalyst Athletic’s Performance Menu
How can I achieve this mental switch? Or how can I maintain this mental switch after a miss or injury? By adapting mental performance training into your program. I want to help you with the proper education on how to become the most effective mentally prepared athlete you are capable of being. I have my master’s in sport psychology and have worked with many athletes on their mental performance. I have the education, tools, and practical consulting hours to help athletes with their mental performance.
There are a lot of people in the cyber world who talk about sport psychology (mental performance training) or the mental side of training. Some have good suggestions and others do not have the right information to help athletes succeed because of their lack of knowledge and education on the subject. The education I have allows me to actively listen to my athletes and pin point performance issues in their conversation. After learning their performance issues I have the correct tools that will help develop their mental performance training.
It is important as professionals whether it’s physical or mental performance training that we have the correct knowledge and tools to provide our athletes/clients. You never want anyone to progress to fast because the risk of injury is higher and with mental training too much is never good. We do not want to overload the athletes mind when they are training, but to make sure we calm their mind and keep it clear of anything negative.