Coach's Corner: Jeff Floyd 4/18
By Jeff Floyd Former Truman High School Head Coach
It is always great to hear from my former players. Many are parents whose children are now involved in athletics. Some are teachers and coaches themselves. They are quick to share fond memories of victories as well as bitter recollections of defeats.
What I find particularly interesting is hearing what they “took” from their participation in athletics. I enjoy hearing what “worked” for them regarding motivation, teaching and coaching techniques. One common thread that I have heard from many of my former players is how much they think the technique of mental visualization helped them become a more successful and confident player.
I have used this process with athletes often in my career, and believe in its value. Visualization is an often-taught mental rehearsal technique in sports. It is an extremely powerful tool and numerous studies have been done that confirm its value in improving athletic performance.
One oft cited study involved three groups of people who were tested on how many free throws they could make. After this initial test:
After 30 days, they were tested again.
Although using mental visualization can be useful any time, we particularly liked using it towards the end of the week as our contest approached. Normally at this time of the week, we were trying to limit the physical reps, focusing more on the mental aspect of game preparation. As with all things, the more our athletes practiced mental visualization, the better they became at using it, and the better the results.
Here is how we taught the process of mental visualization to our athletes.
Although many of our athletes often scoffed at the notion of “mental practice” when we first began this process, it was always satisfying when those same athletes would tell us after a game that a particular play was “exactly like I visualized it this week!”
Remember – “You Can Do More… your brain is lying to you… Don’t Believe It!”
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Jeff Floyd has coached at all levels and was most recently the head coach at Truman High School. PrepsKC will feature some of his blog entries from time to time in the Coach’s Corner column.
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