The Emotional Edge

 In Parents

Participation and performance in sport requires that athletes learn about and apply a set of mental and emotional skills. These mental and emotional skills apply to all sports and competitive settings. These skills are organized around three separate, yet interrelated core principles: Quality Preparation, Sustained Competitiveness, and Accurate Self-Evaluation.

 Quality Preparation — “being ready to compete”

  • Balancing sport with the other important parts of life (perspective)
  • Being aware of one’s strong points and limitations (personal awareness)
  • Setting goals and pursuing them with enthusiasm (self motivation)
  • Following through on a plan of action (mental discipline)
  • Understanding risk and rewards (sacrifice)

 Sustained Competitiveness — “competing with head and heart”

  • Believing in one’s abilities to compete effectively (self confidence)
  • Competing at an effective level of emotion (emotional intensity)
  • Paying attention to the task at hand, one step at a time (focus of attention)
  • Remaining calm and poised in pressure situations (composure)
  • Relating productively to teammates, coaches, and others (teamwork)

 Accurate Self Evaluation — “reacting constructively to results”

  • Respecting oneself as a person, no matter what the results (self esteem)
  • Taking responsibility for one’s performance (performance accountability)
  • Making adjustments in sport and life (continuous improvement)