Mental Resistance Training
Winning isn’t just based on your skills in the server – it’s also based on your mental resistance to adversity and how you deal with the challenges you face in every match. We’ve teamed up with Mind Body Fusion, a company specialising in Mental Resistance Training, to help teams, players and coaches develop their mental resilience.
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This program is broken down into two phases: a “base” phase, and “enhancement” phase. Just like with physical training/skill building, there must be a base of skill before an enhancement occurs. Where many get it wrong with the mental side of performance is that they do not take the time to build a base before enhancing the skills. As a result, players often find themselves in a place where they do not have great success in applying their skills in performance.
The “base” phase is all about developing the essential lifestyle habits that allow players to build consistency within their performance. The reason we focus on habits is because we need to get the gamers into a state of winning before they apply any kind of mental skills. The base phase consists of building routine, fixing body language to enhance their mental game, building a strong level of confidence, and building a strong level of certainty. It helps gamers find their identity, and more importantly understand how to maintain it for the long run.
The “enhancement” phase is all about building on the basics of the confidence and certainty developed in the base phase. This is where we introduce more of the “mental skills,” that are required to adapt to tough situations, and build a strong focus, in performance. Simply put, there’s an enhancement of the base skills where we can now tap into things like building an Alter Ego, establishing Triggers, dealing with pressure, etc. It’s crucial at this point to introduce challenge to the gamers and to help them regularly push themselves out of their comfort zones so they can level up and take action across multiple different scenarios. – Matthew Caldaroni, Mind Body Fusion