At Revolution, I taught a Sport Psychology workshop for Teenage Female Athletes. The Thursday, January 31st, workshop was made up of three moms, one coach, and five teens. Everyone was cheery and enthusiastic about attending and mixed well together. Most of the attendees were mountain bike related. One of the moms was even an elite competitive mountain bike racer. Asking lots of questions, the group stayed engaged throughout the two hour session.
We briefly covered goals and objectives then moved on to the core of Performance Power. The core of Performance Power to get in the Zone consists of the following:
- P ositive Thought Habits
- O perating with Confidence
- W orking with Motivation
- E nergize your Focus
- R ehearse mentally or Visualize a calming scene
I involved the group in two simple techniques, tapping and visualization. The tapping technique (EFT) is based upon the generations old Chinese acupuncture points. It’s based upon meridian points on the face, body, and hands. By touching these areas, an individual can work on reducing negative thoughts. In sports, the individual athlete picks out the most negative thought that they have about their performance and creates a positive one. The positive thought is to be silently repeated throughout the tapping process even if they don’t believe it. The process is repeated until the positive thought feels true. The idea is to used this technique whenever they are struggling with negative thoughts. The group visualization directed the women to go to a calming and safe place. We ended the group with the visualization and a calmer group of girls and women.