SPORTS PSYCHOLOGY FOR TENNIS COMPETITION Concentration Focus on the tasks in hand Imagine the shots being played Block outside distractions Set up a “Playing Zone” Focus on the HERE and NOW Control your body language Pre-competition routine 1. Mental Training Match preparation: Pre-match routines and procedures “Psychological” warm up Training: Between points period Duringpoints period Between games and during changeovers 2. Physical Training Short games Course play Gym, running. 3. Getting ready for the Environment Being familiar and acclimatised with theenvironment also is important to success. Prior the competition visit the venue, become familiar with the place, locker rooms, treatment rooms, warm-up facilities, and even the courts so thatvisualisation can be very thorough. The more you know, the better you can prepare. Sometimes it may be necessary to acclimatise too, which means travelling to a hot climate to prepare or training underdifferent conditions to better prepare. The mental benefits of this far out way the physiological benefits. 4. Help of Yoga Holistic development of aerobic and muscular endurance, flexibility andmental toughness. Relaxation and breathing techniques, which will be central to future success in competitive tennis. Focus must be placed on ensuring correct breathing. 5. Preparation the night before Making sure racquets and clothes are ready Allow adequate time for visualisation Plan a good night sleep.
6. Preparation on the day Set a specific time to eat a winning pre-match meal Conduct a warm-up routine and some light stretching Visualisation and an on-court warm-up. 7. The last few hours Quiet time, Relaxing and listening to music and meditating Reviewing game plan, Some light activities to get those feet moving and into position, Eat and drink to win, Dress to win. Wear what makes you feel good. Take time and go out onto court to have fun, knowing you...
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