How to Perform Well Despite Mistakes In a recent response to our soccer survey, a player wanted help with her mental game during soccer matches: "The thing I struggle with most is performing when I miss an opportunity in a game. If I miss scoring a goal that I should score, I dwell on it and it ruins my confidence for the rest of the game." "For … [Read more...] about How to Overcome Mistakes in Soccer
Taking Practice Skills to Games In “Sports Psychology Sessions with Doc,” Dr. Patrick Cohn answers a question from Robert who wants to know how take his practice skills to games. Visit Sports Psychology for Athletes at Peaksports.com and click on contact us to submit your mental game question for Dr. Cohn to answer in his mental game videocast or podcast. Here’s the … [Read more...] about Applying Soccer Practice Skills to Games
Determining Your Pregame Level of Intensity Do you consider yourself a nervous athlete? Do you become anxious about being anxious and fall apart during games? Many athletes believe they need to be totally relaxed when competing. When a little bit of nerves strike during the pregame, some 'nervous' athletes freak out. For the nervous athletes, just sensing some … [Read more...] about Do You Have Pregame Jitters or Anxiety?
Mental Toughness When Playing Rough Teams Playing a soccer game against a more physical team can be intimidating for some players. A team with highly aggressive or bigger players can take the focus off your soccer game if you allow. Soon, you will start to worry about getting fouled, injured or being physically dominated for 90 minutes. You may even enter the match … [Read more...] about Overcoming Intimidation And Aggressive Players
Having Confidence And Playing With Confidence Having confidence and playing soccer with confidence are not totally the same. Having confidence comes from the belief that you are good at something. Playing with confidence is “knowing” you can make the plays during the pressure of competition. Defender Carl Jenkinson was signed by the Arsenal in 2011 and made solid … [Read more...] about How to Regain Confidence After An Injury