Tuesday, September 28, 2021

The Mental Game: Motivate your field hockey pre-season

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Pre-season training is upon us and with it the thought of no end of pain from various parts of the body that have not been used for several months. Cries of “I hate pre-season” “I wish we didn’t have to do this” “why am I here?” are frequently heard and that set me thinking about the psychology of motivation and its impact on performance as an athlete, writes Sarah Murray.

Motivation is a cornerstone for success in sport: if you lack the desire to improve in hockey then the other areas of performance (physical, technical, tactical, mental) are of no use. Motivation is what causes us to act, whether that means getting a glass of water or getting to a pre-season training session. To perform at your best on the pitch requires a process of continual progression and effort toward reaching goals: motivation is when a player WANTS this and WANTS to put the time in.

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