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Most elite athletes quickly become familiar with the annual schedule of international events in their particular sport e. This multisport Olympic environment also generates a greater public profile, media coverage, sponsor expectations, and public expectation.
For many so-called minor sports at least in New Zealand the Olympics brings a substantially higher public profile and media coverage than these athletes typically experience.
However, we would stress one specific piece of advice regarding mental skills consulting in the Olympic environment: In saying this, it should also be noted that our experience suggests a progressive shift with elite athletes over recent years in their degree of mental skills sophistication and their orientation towards work in this domain.
Excellent descriptions of Olympic mental skills training programs can be found in book chapters by Gould and McCann Common Mental Skills Challenges at the Olympic Games In our experience, beyond the mental skills needs that most elite athlete typically work on e.
Because the event is a culmination of years of training and because there is intense interest in results by everybody, athletes often struggle to stay focussed on performance objectives, even more so than usual.
Whilst they often have some understanding of the shift that occurs within them, they typically find it hard to discipline their thinking back towards essential and more controllable performance issues.
Somehow the usual becomes doubted and there can be a loss of trust in the familiar Gould, This work primarily focuses on the use of mental skills such as relaxation, centering, imagery, and positive self-talk.
Performing at the Games can be a stressful experience for a number of reasons: Particular issues of stress relate to living circumstances. Village accommodation invariably involves several athletes in the same room in relatively cramped conditions. This can make for difficulties sleeping, noise control, especially as the Games progress and some athletes finish their competitions, and tension that arise from lack of any real privacy.
Public expectations, increased media attention, and funding pressures place some Olympic athletes under enormous stress.
For some athletes funding is strictly tied to their Games performance -- if athletes succeed at the Games they will secure funding for the next years or until their next World Champs; if not their funding is withdrawn.
At every Olympics there are inevitably a number of issues related to conflict arising between athletes and their teammates, coaches or managers Gould, In any issue of conflict there are always two sides to the conflict and typically mistakes made by both parties.
Often these conflicts develop from or are exacerbated by a lack of communication, lack of tolerance, and lack of empathy Clarke, Whereas in the past such personnel might have been appointed for reasons associated with being a good servant to their sport, the emphasis now has shifted onto performance issues for management and support staff as well.
There have been occasions where the NZ Olympic organisation has turned down a management staff appointment proposed by the sport because it was considered that the individual concerned was judged not to be up to the performance demands.
Everyone has to be able to make a positive impact. The injured athlete will typically have to cope with the emotions and stress that accompany the worry that an injury may hinder a top performance or worse still prevent them from competing at the biggest event of their sporting career -- one that they have trained and made sacrifices for over a number of years Greenleaf et al.
When such teams work well, the opportunity is there for athletes to benefit from an holistic and unified orientation, and for us the experience of working within a team of providers has been a valuable addition to the effectiveness of our own work.
In our experience it is normal at most Olympics for athletes and others to get a little stressed and irritable after the first week living in the claustrophobic Games environment. Such relatively minor issues tend to become amplified as the lead-up to competition occurs.
Such issues can be especially frustrating for athletes who do not compete until the second week of the Games. Much of it is performance-focussed, but a lot of it can be regarded as performance-related.
Establishing credibility and having ongoing exposure to athletes within the Games Team selection pool in the lead-up to the Games themselves is considered vital. The relative size of New Zealand only 4 million people and its sporting communities makes this possible and an advantage.
Given that both of us have been to a number of pinnacle events Commonwealth and Olympic Games and work extensively within the local sporting environment has meant that issues of approachability, acceptance and credibility have been eased and attention at the Games can be more readily directed towards solutions than having to lay groundwork.
Our presence within Teams over the years has also meant that we have been able to both assess and contribute to the collective Team cultures as they have been developed and played out.
For us, this is a significant proactive engagement as it helps set the conditions both for support and for constructive challenge of all within the Team and potentially makes our work more impactful and widespread.BibMe Free Bibliography & Citation Maker - MLA, APA, Chicago, Harvard.
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