There is nothing quite like sports to get your adrenaline flowing – it is an exhilarating feeling when you win, and even if you lose, your resolve to do better the next time. Playing a sport game regularly is also good for your mental and physical health, and even though you may be just an amateur. It is wise to train correctly to play the game in order to excel at it and avoid injuries. So, if you are involved in any sport, either individual or team, here are few tips on how you can hone your skills through proper training:
1. Through sports-specific activities: You may be fast and strong, but that does not mean you are going to excel in any sport you choose. Each sport has its own set of difficulties and require different skills that help you excel, so you may want to engage trainer or coach to help you develop those abilities. Certain special drills and exercise routines are developed for each sport, and if you want to improve your game and take it to the next level, you must learn and practice these moves and routines. For example, if you are playing badminton, you could practice shadow drills to improve the way you move on court. This basically involves standing at the center of the court and moving to all the corners in just two strides – it helps you move faster and in a more efficient manner.
2. Through strength training: You may not be a weight lifter or football player, but you do need muscular strength in order to move more efficiently and prevent injury to yourself. When your muscles are weak, you are not strong enough to continue playing on a regular basis and you risk injury through falls, sprains and fractures. While some sports require brute strength, others are more dependent on skill. So focus on an all round strength training program that develops the muscles you use most while playing the sport. For example, if you are a tennis player, you need strong thigh muscles that help you retain your balance and prevent you from slipping and falling as you change direction while chasing down those shots from your opponent. You also need to build the muscles in your upper arms so that your shots are strong and steady. Lunges, squats and leg lifts help build your quads and hamstrings, while working out with dumbbells will get your arms ready for play.
3. Through physical conditioning: Games that are played individually require stamina, endurance and speed, especially the ones that are fast like racquet ball, badminton and tennis. Even games that are played as teams, like football and basketball, require you to be on the move at all times. When you want to excel at it, you must condition your body to be fit and fast – some people jog regularly while others take up interval training as a way to improve their stamina and provide their bodies with a higher degree of endurance.
4. Through mental conditioning: At the highest level of the game, most players are equal in skill, strength and ability. So the one who wins is the one who is mentally tougher and one who is the better tactician. Develop and build mental strategies that help you outplay opponents who may even be better than you; one way to do this is never give up till the last point is won and to maintain a positive and fighting attitude throughout the game. One way to condition your mind to become a winner is to study and know your opponent’s game before playing them. Being aware of their strengths and weaknesses and being able to take advantage of them adds to your mental strength factor.
Remember that sportsmanship is also important when playing a game – when you respect your opponents and the rules of the game, victory is that much sweeter.
This guest article was written by Adrienne Carlson, who regularly writes on the topic of physical therapist assistant schools . Adrienne welcomes your comments and questions at her email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
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