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By: Charles W. Boatright
SPORTS PAGE: WHY STRENGTH & CONDITIONING– Is Important to the Team & Athlete’s Mental Development Just as Their Physical Conditioning IS
When using the term Strength & Conditioning, just don’t focus on muscles, but the mind, as well. Treat the athlete’s mind like a muscle, where it takes months of Strength & Conditioning under actual game-day conditions to train it to do what you want.
One of the more contested rivalries was between Miami and Florida State in the 80’s, where Florida State fans had their Non-Stop War Chant. This is truly The 12th Man that the opposing team has to acclimate to when they are the visiting team. You have to develop an In-The-Zone Mentality where the team is accustomed to that type of distraction, as if it is a normal and routine situation. I just wouldn’t train just for certain games; but I would make it a regular training condition.
What Miami Head Football Coach Butch Davis did was play the Florida State’s War Chant on loud speakers, not just during practice, but during the meeting before practice and in the Locker Room. They had to not only practice during the War Chant, but they had to prepare to practice with the War Chant. They got accustomed to the War Chant where their subconscious mind considered it as normal and routine.
Strength & Conditioning Developing Your ESP for Game-Day
One of the toughest sport to be proficient at is golf. Like Bobby Jones, Sr. stated- Golf is a game that is played on a five-inch course – the distance between your ears. To play sports at a high level it has to be played between the ears, that goes for Football, Baseball, or Basketball, just to name a few sports.
ESP stands for Extra-Sensory Performance, where a player is totally playing in their ZONE. Distractions, disruptions, and interference are part of their normal, routine performance during practice and performance on the field, court, or course. The athlete’s subconscious mind must not and can’t distinguish between their practice or their performance.
If the coach or athlete doesn’t practice the same way and under the same conditions that they will performing, the subconscious mind will behave like a Random collection of function that is in total disarray, sounds familiar? To the golfer, it is almost like they have never picked up a golf club before. To the football player, it is committing costly turnovers, penalties, and 4 downs-and-out!
Another example of not practicing under the same conditions that one will perform under is similar to having a driver that has never driven on icy road before make an attempt to drive under those conditions and expect the conditions to be the same as what they are accustom to. The same applies to the athlete. You can’t expect that an athlete to perform as they practiced, if the conditions aren’t the same. Look at Subconscious Rules No. 1, 7, 9, and 10 below.
There are 10- Subconscious Rules that will govern how the athlete will perform on the game-day:
- The subconscious mind does not and must not differentiate between visualizations (practice) and real situations (performance).
- Your subconscious feels that time passes faster.
- The Quicker and longer the subconscious mind believes and proves something, the harder will it be to alter this belief in any way.
- Every thought causes a physical reaction. The subconscious mind can’t distinguish between a positive or negative thought.
- What you expect tends to be realized.
- Finding proofs to your beliefs strengthens them.
- The subconscious mind always prevails in conflicts with the conscious mind.
- An idea, once accepted, will remain firmly in place until it is replaced by another.
- The greater the conscious effort reduces the subconscious intuitive response.
- Suggestions and belief can be used to “program” the subconscious mind.
We know WHAT the Subconscious Rules are, above; the next step for the coach and athlete to do is to take these rules to the next stage, understanding HOW to apply these rules to the athlete’s practice and performance:
So What is this ESP Driven Performance:
To develop an ESP Driven Performance, three (3) conditions must be established during training/practice to have an Extra-Sensory Performance:
- Normal and routine tasks and conditions must exist.
- Rely on a high degree of relaxation, confidence, and muscle memory.
- The conscious mind must FOCUS, without question or thinking, to allow the subconscious mind to perform as trained. Trust your training!
If you want to see a baseball pitcher lose control on the mound, just let them start to think about their mechanics and techniques and see them have a complete meltdown where they can’t even hit the side of a barn. The pitcher has to FOCUS on one point in the Strike Zone without consciously hearing the crowd or thinking.
How to Develop an Extra-Sensory Performance
Normal– Train with a purpose. The athlete must believe that every element in their conditioning and training contributes to their achievement.
Routine Task– Develop a well-defined, sequential process without thinking. The athlete’s training must become instinctive, based on instinctive motor-skills. And Keep it Simple. The more simpler the more Natural performance.
Conditions– Strength of Conditioning Cadence. Train under more challenging-type drills with precision and cadences as it was game-day. Treat the athlete’s mind as their main core muscle that must be strengthened, based on conditioning cadence under (1, 2, 3, and 4 sequence) game-day conditions.
Relaxation– Remove tension by focusing on a sequential the process, not the outcome. If the sequence and cadence are correct the outcome is the natural results. TRUST YOUR TRAINING!
Confidence– The athlete must Trust their training and allow the subconscious mind to kick in naturally and as an instinct.
Muscle Memory– The Athlete must apply their APP. The APP in this case is the athlete’s Apperception of very well-defined motor skills that are instinctive. The athlete has to be able to focus and believe, instead of having to think through the process. If the athlete’s performance isn’t instinctive, then they won’t perform as they have trained.
Subconscious Mind– Performance is subconscious based. The conscious mind has to focus instead of thinking to allow the subconscious mind to perform unencumbered. Look at Rule No. 9- The greater the conscious effort reduces the subconscious intuitive response. Focus allows the conscious mind to get out of the way of the athlete’s performance.
In other words- The baseball pitcher that THINKS loses their SUBCONSCIOUS CONTROL. The athlete’s conscious mind is responsible for focusing, while the athlete’s subconscious mind is responsible for their natural performance.
To unlock the athlete’s subconscious mind, the athlete must get into their cadence as soon as possible in order to have a normal routine without interruptions. This is a technique that public speakers use. They want to use an ICE BREAKER to allow them to get into their cadence.
I wrote this article in reference to the SEC Football game between the Arkansas Razorbacks versus the Georgia Bulldogs on October 02, 2021. One of the major distractions that Arkansas had to deal with was the atmosphere, the crowd. Arkansas, in order to compete with that background, they had to make that a normal routine condition during their training. Not just for a week, but for months.
For Arkansas to become acclimated to that type of atmosphere, go back to treating the athlete’s mind like a muscle. Here’s the question- Can the coaching staff change the team’s strength and conditioning in a span of one week, or does it take months training & conditioning. The answer is that it takes months. It takes approximately eight (8) weeks to see results from a team’s Strength Training & Conditioning.
If a coaching staff wants to develop an atmosphere the team will perform under, they will have to develop it over a period of months. The second condition the coaching staff needs to develop a simple option that the team could switch to. For instance, the quarterback could going under center, instead of a shotgun formation to prevent early false starts.
Part of my ESP Practice in my golf training for myself and students is The Orange Bucket Challenge. This challenge objective is that my students and I must get 4 out of 5, 300-yard Tee Shots, within 15 foot of the orange bucket in all 10 sets, that is 50 golf shots. That means, my students or I must make 40 out of 50 Tee Shots over 10 straight sets, before I complete my golf training session. Below was a video that I did for a local film crew from a television station that use it for their sports show in June, during the US Open.
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