Controlling the Controllables in Water Polo
Do you ever wonder how athletes stay calm when under immense amounts of pressure? How about when athletes seem to “rise to the occasion” and make a clutch play when the game is on the line. There are a number of ways that peak performances happen but usually it has a lot to do with your focus on controlling what you can control. When training your own or your athlete’s ability to play mentally tough, it is important to develop communication strategies and models which are memorable and can be translated easily to the pool. Mental skills training is an intentional approach to training the mind to perform that helps athletes develop a deeper level of self awareness and self-control. They learn the mental skills that help them prepare to repeat their peak level of performance. A key area to address is the management of energy and emotions.