Sports Psychology and Simple Tools to Improve Performance in Volleyball

Explore the pages about sports psychology in volleyball.

Read about few simple triggers for the coach, parent or an athlete to improve athletic performance.

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In the pages you get answers to following questions:
  • How to improve performance by self confidence?

  • How to become more self confident on the court?

  • How to minimize the effects of bad performance?

  • How to guide mind and body to do the optimal performance in the competition?

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These pages focus on the sports psychology in volleyball, but coaches, players and parents from the other sports or even people outside the sports are more than welcome to participate.

The performance issues are very similar in all venues of life, so don’t be shy to participate.

Sports Psychology - Useful Tools to Build Self Confidence or Skills

Visualization in Sports

How to use visualization to improve your performance?

Visualization is a mental rehearsal, in which athletes imagine the ideal performance.

Example 1:

Visualization plays a big part when i.e. training technical skills.

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When athletes work on the specific skill, they should have their mind 100% on the skill and keep visualizing the skill while performing it.   This helps players “to see” and imagine the correct completion of the skill. 

When athletes “see and feel” the correct completion of the skill and have a clear motion picture in the mind about the skill, it helps them to notice mistakes - and also correct errors without coaches' help.

Example 2:

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Other type of visualization is when an athlete visualizes her/himself in the game situation and successfully implementing a specific skill.

There are several different ways to make this happen. One way is to use video and moving picture in the process. Take a place in the relaxing and quiet environment. Sit or lay down and set up a moving picture in front of you. The athlete could make it even more powerful by listening self-affirmation phrases while watching the video.

More Examples: sports psychology in volleyball page.

Sports Psychology in Volleyball

Sports Psychology for Coaches, Parents and Players

Parents.. players.. coaches.. are you familiar with these common issues in sports?

Explore the pages or submit your question below to get an answer.

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  • How to help athletes to compete to their full potential? Few simple mental triggers  can help the coach to be a more effective coach.

  • How to cooperate with parents to get them work with you?


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  • How to help your children to learn quickly and perform at the highest possible level?

  • Well-meaning parents in their excitement can do mistakes and hurt the self-esteem of the athletes. 

    How to help children to build their confidence and become a better athlete? 

Athlete / Teammate

  • Do you feel like you or your teammate performs better in practice than in competition?

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  • Is choking too familiar to you?

  • Do you let your mistakes and losses bother you? 

  • Has injury held you back and lowered your self confidence?

  • Do you feel like you are in the performance slump? How you can help your teammate get over the slump?

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