oa South African Journal of Sports Medicine - Psychological preparation for Olympic athletes

Volume 3, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1015-5163
  • E-ISSN: 2078-516X



After winning 7 gold medals at the Montreal Olympics Mark Spitz said: �At this level of physical skill, the difference between winning and losing is 99% psychological�. 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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