Four Keys to Improving Mental Performance


By Dan Guttenplan, FNF Coaches Managing Editor

Professor Adam Naylor of Boston University shares a few exercises for improving mental performance:

  1. Use language of effort over talent: You want a culture in which players support one another. Everyone can work hard every day, and everyone can try to learn.
  2. Preach self-confidence: The players may believe the coach, but they need the confidence that they can execute without the coach during a game. You can’t over coach.
  3. Goal-setting: Make sure everyone on the team is aware of the team goals, and they’re invested in the journey to achieve the goals.
  4. Slow down and relax: Stress and anxiety lead to poor mental performance. If you’re applying stress to your players, they’re going to make mental errors.