Three Simple Mental Skills That Will Lift Your Game

24 Jun 2024
5 min read
Authors – Vedika Jogani

A recent graduate from Ithaca College with a Master’s degree in Sports and Exercise Science, specializing in Mental Performance, Vedika Jogani is OMP’s Product and Content Manager.

When an athlete warms up, it’s not just their body that needs preparation.

An athlete’s warm-up should also include mental aspects such as thought processes, mindset, and emotional state. 

A study conducted on table tennis players examined the effects of a six-week mental skills training program, including goal setting, self-talk, and visualization, on the athletes’ performance levels. 

The study found that these three types of mental skills — goal setting, self-talk, and visualization — had a significant positive impact on the players’ confidence and performance levels.  

By setting clear goals, athletes could focus their efforts more effectively.  

Self-talk helped them stay motivated and resilient in the face of challenges.  

Visualization allowed them to mentally rehearse their performance, making them better prepared for competition. 

Learning and implementing these three simple mental skills into your pre-performance routine can be the game-changer you need. 

Just as physical training is crucial for peak performance, so is mental preparation.

Finding even 10 minutes per day to set or review goals, practice positive self-talk or engage in a visualization session can improve your game.



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