Knowing how to cope with pressure in any competition is one of the key factors that separate the level of professionals amongst their peers. We all develop our own way of coping with this stress, that tends to fall under of the following categories:
The typical response of the players that decrease their level of intensity and effort into the task, which creates an appearance of calmness and distressed individual. This way of coping makes it then easier to find a “way out” of a bad performance through the use of excuses. This makes a performance range between genius and low-skilled come up as a pattern of play. The control of your nerves is done through the reduction of the arousal levels which affects your ability to reach your full potential of performance
You tend to have a fantastic attitude in competition and you are a very coachable individual. Yet you are not in control of your nervous system and this tends to show up when you are supposed to beat your opponent.
These players tend to be their worst critics, when performing bad, putting inclusively their self-esteem on the line in those situations. They are still to discover how to dominate their own nerves, however is from here that the greatest competitors emerge
Individuals with perfectionist and achievement needs, often induced by parental influence tend to develop this way of coping with nerves. Displaying a poor behavior and a self-destructive attitude is a main characteristic of these players. Because the nerves are replaced with anger this is a coping strategy that is very hard to break.
On the court you are described as confident, calm and aggressive. These players possess a good control over their nervous system when competition presents them with a challenge.
Here is the 4 step Routine developed by Jim Loehr
Step 1 - Physical Response
(right after the point is finished) 3-5 seconds
Racquet out of dominant hand
Racquet is carried by throat
Turn away from mistake
Shoulders back and up, chin parallel to the ground
"Let it go"
Arms hanging freely on sides
Eyes forward and down
Step 2 - Relaxation Response
Non-stop, high energy walk
Eyes to strings
Stretch, shake, bend hands and feet
Contract & relax specific muscles
Step 3 - Preparation Response
Stop 1m behind the baseline
Register the score
Assume strong and confident position
Think of one or two points in your game plan
Focus eyes on opponent's side of the court
Decide what you want to do in the point
Rehearse your 1st stroke of the point (visualization)
Step 4 - Ritual Response
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