Physical and mental preparation for an athlete should be a year around routine. Depending on if its pre-season, regular season, or postseason your preparation may look different. What is your end goal? Where do you want this basketball to take you? How far are you willing to go to prepare your mind, body, and soul for the next level?
The physical preparation comes very naturally for athletes. Nowadays, almost everyone has some type of personal skills trainer or access to free workouts on social media. There’s almost no excuse to not find ways to improve your game. There are so many opportunities for formal training. Remember that your competitive development also comes from pick-up games at the park and improving your game in settings with less formal training.
Here is a list of physical preparation you should be training:
- Ball handling
- Decision making
- Creating separation
- Team concepts
- Speed & agility training
- Weight training
- Endurance training
HoopGrind is a great resource for training!
The mental preparation is what seems to be left behind with most athletes. Athletes will rely on their physical talent and abilities for as long as possible, but at some point skill and athleticism will level out and what will separate you from your competition then? Mental toughness is what separates the good from the great. However, mental training is not just reading inspirational quotes or the pre-game speech from your coach. Mental training is a science! Training the brain requires using actual techniques on a consistent basis to improve your mental strength. It’s not something you can do overnight. Think about all the years you have been training for basketball. Now realize that training the mind will take the same amount of consistent time and effort to be great.
Here is a list of mental skills and life skills you should be training and practicing:
- Goal Setting
- Deep breathing
- Positive self-talk
- Emotional control
- Managing stress
- Psychological flexibility
Working with a mental performance coach makes this process so much easier. All it takes is a few minutes throughout your day every week to train and work on different aspects of your mental game. That consistent commitment will make big differences over time and you will notice a difference. Reach out to Coach Brittany if you want to improve your mental game and complete this part of your preparation. A greater level of performance requires a greater commitment to every part of the process.
Founder of Heart & Soul Consulting | Mental Performance Coach | Youth Counselor | Teacher