How Pregame Warmups Affect Confidence A high-level soccer player who I recently started working with said that she decides during her warm up whether she is going to have a good game or not. She said, “ I can just tell if I am going to play well or not.” She makes this decision based on how well she performs in warm up and if her body feels “ready” to go. Leaving your … [Read more...] about Your Pregame Warm up and Confidence in Games
Staying Confident Against High-Level Competitors Messsi and Ronaldo are arguably the most compared soccer players. Fans take sides and argue about who is the best in the world. Comparisons and expectations can create a lot of pressure and hurt confidence in soccer. So how did Messi and Ronaldo stay so confident during their match up on Sunday when Madrid and Barcelona … [Read more...] about Messi and Ronaldo: How Do They Stay Confident?
Why Do Comparisons Hurt Confidence? Welcome to episode 9 of Soccer Psych Insights, your soccer mental training podcast. In this episode, Jaki Hitzelberger, MA, MGCP and Dr. Patrick Cohn answer a question from a soccer player who says: “I constantly find myself doubting my abilities because the girls I play with are very skilled technically. I fear being the weak link … [Read more...] about How Comparisons Can Hurt Confidence [Podcast]
What Should You Focus on During Games? Soccer players often struggle the most mentally when the game is on the line and particularly when behind a goal or two. Being down in a game can cause you to focus on end results and question if you will ultimately lose the game. If you’re focused on results or worrying about your chance to come back, you’re not focusing on … [Read more...] about How The Olympic US Women’s Team Stayed Composed
Improving Your Mental Game in Soccer Welcome to episode 7 of Soccer Psychology Insights. In this episode Jaki Hitzelberger, MA interviews Dr. Alberto Gamarra, sports psychology expert from South Florida. Dr. Gamarra is the owner and founder of Mental Mastery and works with athletes to improve their mental game and performance. Jaki Hitzelberger and Dr. Gamarra … [Read more...] about Soccer Teams Excel With Mental Training [Podcast]