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Mental skill development.

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Mental skill development Sport psychology Performance Profile I'm going to do my performance profile on myself. I am a junior Great Britain swimmer on the verge of breaking into the senior team. I compete mainly in the 100 and 200 metres freestyle. Even though I compete at this level I realise that I have main weakness that I need to work on to make that final push to get me in the senior team. This is my individual performance profile for the 100 and 200 metres freestyle- To be a world-class 100 and 200 metre freestyle you have to have to following characteristics. (This is a personal opinion) I * Power * Commitment * Self-motivation * Positive attitude * Good focus * Confidence * Strong * Good skills (good start, turns and finish) * Tall These aspects are needed to be a world-class performer, but some aspects are more important than others. I have now rated each aspect 1-10, 10 being the most important that I feel the swimmer will need to be the best. * To have a lot of Power-10-6 * To be Commitment-10-10 * To be Self-motivation-10-7 * To have Positive attitude-10-8 * To be Good focus-10-7 * To be Confidence-10-7 * To be Strong-10-6 * Having Good skills (good start-10-5, turns-10-5and finish-10-8) * Need to be Tall-10-8 All these aspects are for the best performers in the world and the numbers next to the other numbers are the aspects that I rate my own performance. I'm going to now plot my scores against the scores that I rated the best performers in the world. Plotting then in a table will show me the differences between, the top performers in the world and me. Characteristics 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Power * ----- ----- ----- ----- Commitment * Self motivation * ----- ----- ----- Positive attitude * ----- ----- Good focus * ----- ----- ----- Confidence * ----- ----- ----- To be strong * ----- ...read more.

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I cant perfect the turn if I'm worrying about if the wall is slippy or something like that. Once I get into the pool I will practice my turns perfectly but at a slow pace to start with. Once I have perfected them at a slow pace I will up the pace and try a perfect then at the new pace and I will continue this until a can do a perfect turn at race pace. "It's a foolish idea that if you do a little more, faster, then you'll be better than the rest. It ignores the fact you must train at you optimum level correctly before you up the tempo." (Rob De Castella- director of the AIS- 1997) I'm also going to use another intervention strategy to increase the performance of my starts and turns. I'm going to use goal setting. Goal setting is where the athlete sits down and thinks of goals that they want to achieve over a period of time. You can get two different types of goals- long term and short term. Long-term goal might be something that you want to achieve over your career, and a short-term goal may be something you want to achieve over the next month or session. Goals- should be made be the athlete only, but they can have help making them. The reason behind this is that the athlete needs to believe that they can achieve the goal instead of being told that they can achieve it. Should be realistic- if the goal isn't realistic then the athlete may give up easily and become de-motivated. The goal must have a time limit but the time limit must also be realistic. If the time limit is too short and un realistic then the athlete if they don't meet the target could again become de- motivated. If the time limit is to long then once the athlete has meet the target they may slack off or not rush to meet there target. ...read more.

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I feel goal setting helped me more on my turns than my start because I practised my turns a lot more in training. Feeling Tall Because it was a university competition there was a few swimmers that were my age, and they weren't that much bigger than me. There were a few older swimmers that were bigger than me, but as it was the biggest competition of the session it didn't affect me that much. I think that this competition wasn't the right competition to practice this, as I wasn't nervous. When I get nervous I tend to look around at the other swimmers and the size of them tends to put me off. I will continue to practice making myself look and feel bigger as I think looking around at the start of the race isn't a good thing to do. Focusing Focusing on my race more in the warm up did help me a lot as I felt more confident. It give me more time after my warm up to really thing about me race I feel the more time you can get to think about your race the better and its something I will keep. As I had a good race I will keep the race warm up that I did on the day and take it to other competitions. I believe that preparing myself mental before a race is a good thing and I will be doing it in the future. Characteristics 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Power * ----- ----- ----- ----- Commitment * Self motivation * ----- ----- ----- Positive attitude * ----- ----- Good focus * * ----- Confidence * ----- ----- ----- To be strong * ----- ----- ----- ----- Good skills-turns * * ----- ----- ----- ----- Starts * * ----- ----- ----- ----- Finish * ----- ----- Need to be tall * ----- ----- Total 74 77 110 As you can see my personal profile went from 74 point to 77 point I will keep up the strategies in future. ...read more.

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