oa South African Journal of Sports Medicine - Psychological preparation for Olympic athletes
|Article Title||Psychological preparation for Olympic athletes|
|© Publisher:||Health and Medical Publishing Group (HMPG)|
|Journal||South African Journal of Sports Medicine|
|Affiliations||1 Dept. of Psychology, University of Cape Town|
|Publication Date||Jun 1988|
|Pages||13 - 17|
|Keyword(s)||Anger, Worry, Athletesï¿½ routines, Autogenic training, Behavioural sequences, Commitment, Concentration, Control, Fear, Frustration, Negative thoughts, Optimize output, Overreact to the challenge, Progressive relaxation, Psychological skills, Self-confidence, Self-regulations and Self-verbalizations|
After winning 7 gold medals at the Montreal Olympics Mark Spitz said: ï¿½At this level of physical skill, the difference between winning and losing is 99% psychologicalï¿½. The reason is that elite athletes in a specific sporting discipline are, to a large extent, fairly equal on physiological, technical and tactical factors. When elite athletes compete the one who wins is usually the one who is mentally the strongest on that given day.
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