Surely I am better, because then as I always thought the result through the victories and the boys can work with more confidence. And so he finds the collective and team play. The spirit always makes the difference.
It’s Luciano Spalletti to speak, just before the Bologna – Roma who paints at the bottom of a delicate moment for all to see, the team Capitoline.
But these “moments” the history of sports is filled, it is part of the very identity of the sport.
The coaches of the top teams are well aware that the danger is always just around the corner, that the defeat may occur at any time, perhaps even after victories exciting. The fact of the matter is the continuity. This delicate psychological dimension is crucial to achieve sought-after destinations, to climb to the summit.
How can you achieve continuity? From the scientific point of view, in my work as preparation mental professional athletes, I always suggest to explore right from the start of a sports season “status motivational” athlete and team, trying to figure out if the stated aims of society and by the coach for that season are really internalized by everyone, or whether, beyond the jokes in the press, there is no real conviction that “the company is possible.” Paraphrasing we could say that if the motivation is the pentagram of a musical score, motivational status is indicative of what we want to write on musical notes: notes from the treble, intermediate notes, lower notes … and all this eventually creates a well-defined ” composition “. Which then becomes the real music of an entire season.
(The signals are frequency motivational status and application to training, public statements, the expressions of the faces and bodies of the athletes, moods “amplified” that accompany the performance of the team, injuries from psychosomatic stress , the game “nervous”, the uncertainty in performance in general).
But what can you do in these cases? Meanwhile, it must be said that a second element is crucial in these difficult situations: the relationship of trust between the coach and team. In almost all international sports competitions are decided at the bottom for the moments, the moments that pass and take away the final result. Here, you have to teach their athletes and their teams to be able to recognize and seize these situations flash and turn in their favor. And with the scientific method, this is now finally possible: just think of the recent cases of Federica Pellegrini and Alessia Filippi at the Beijing Olympics, two athletes that we have well prepared (together even technicians) to “respond to head” in any situation can be verify.
The talent in the sport today is no longer sufficient, and should therefore not only identified but also educated and trained in a complete and attentive and trust is the key ingredient to build and “cement” the relationship with each athlete and with the group in order to create and become a single block, single thinking mind that knows how to respond to events quickly and firmly.
By doing so, difficulty after difficulty, it creates a much-coveted continuity, a popular destination of all the coaches and mental preparation. But if continuity is synonymous with linearity, then we understand the importance of consistency and loyalty to develop, over time, a genuine trust with their athletes. Many coaches have built this important ability to “hold up” psychologically stress in delicate moments, to start again from defeats and flexibility to change with the game systems and relationships, to “feel” the mood of the team and “contain”: in a word, to be resilient. Just as for samples, in these moments even for coaches must, in addition to the ability and a “psychological preparation”, the ability to trace all human. And surprise. Because in the end it’s true: the difference is the spirit.