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When it comes to sports performance, what you eat, and how you think can affect your play as much training does. Factors affecting sports performance is a topic of constant change and has grown as a dynamic field of study. Research continues to advise improved guidelines and support for both active adults and competitive athletes.
What is Sports Psychology?
Sports psychology is the study of how psychology influences sports, athletic performance, exercise, and other physical activities. Professional sports psychologists regularly assist athletes to cope with the pressure that comes from competition and overcome problems with focus and motivation. They also work with athletes to improve performance and recover from injuries.
There are a number of different topics that are of special interest to sports psychologists. Some professionals focus on a specific area, while others study a wide range of techniques.
– Developing Focus: Involves the ability to tune out distractions, such as a crowd of screaming fans, and focus attention on the task at hand.
– Visualization: Involves visualizing performing a task, such as participating in an athletic event or successfully performing a particular skill.
– Motivation: A major subject in sports psychology, the study of motivation looks at both extrinsic and intrinsic motivators. Extrinsic motivators are external rewards, such as trophies, money, medals, or social recognition. Intrinsic motivators arise from within, such as a personal desire to win or the sense of pride that comes from performing a skill.
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What is Sports Nutrition?
Sports nutrition is often said to be the foundation of athletic success. It is a well-designed nutrition plan that allows active young and adult athletes to perform at their best. It supplies the right food type, energy, nutrients, and fluids to keep the body well hydrated and functioning at the best possible levels. A sports nutrition diet may vary day to day, depending on specific energy demands. It is unique to each person and is planned according to individual goals.
A nourishing diet can enhance an athlete’s performance, make them more efficient, and increase their recovery rate during a match rapidly. The intake they follow should promote muscle growth and repair.
An inadequate diet can hamper their performance and lead to an increased recovery rate. It can also lead to hormone suppression because sports generate a lot of stress hormones, and encourage your body to release energy stores.
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On Thursday, 29th October 2020 at 5 PM, The Sports School is organizing an interactive IG Live session with Sports Psychologist Shubha Chittaranjan and Sports Nutritionist Shona Prabhu, where they will be clearing your doubts and discussing topics like:
– How Sports Nutrition & Psychology Optimise Sports Performance
– Role of a Healthy Mind & Good Nutrition in Sports
– How to Overcome Physical & Mental Fatigue
– How to deal with Pre-competition anxiety?
Don’t forget to attend if you want to get answers to your questions.
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