Resilience and continuity. Two psychological dimensions fundamental and indispensable for any major sporting performance. Add to any ultimate expression of our talent.
Without the ability to respond with fortitude to stressful events (resilience in fact), and without the ability to repeat an exploit over time (continuity), it is possible to rise compared to the standards that characterize the sport of our time.
But these two variables will be added a third, valid especially for team sports: the ability to work in teams, the propensity to “a group” and build the note “wholeness“.
Then we go to the finals of the Italian Serie A championship tennis team, which has recently seen the victory of Capri on CCAniene Academy of Rome, only to arrive at a club championship final. Having had the privilege of living close to the events of the “club” Capitoline I find it useful to show that a careful analysis of each outcome is indeed possible in the sport, regardless of the technical values in the field, when and if there are strong motivations to the base and team cohesion. Tennis is an individual sport and it is therefore very complex process that leads to the establishment of a sense of “real” team, especially if we consider the imminent start of the new tennis season, important stepping stone for many professional athletes. Here then is the skill and the ability of a coach in these situations rests mainly on the competence to leadership, precisely measured by the ability to build from the beginning of the season a well-assembled team (team building) and that over time be able to come together and compacted, to develop wholeness. We are talking, in a more specialized, the methodology of coaching: preparation of technical and psychological himself, the coach, to read and deal with the complex and delicate psychological dynamics related to both the interaction between the athletes of the team that all ‘interaction of the latter with the same technician, a methodology that allows you to discover and develop those psychological qualities of the coach connected to the management team and the individual athlete. When properly used and applied, having obviously available human potential right, coaching can be an important support tool to reach the peak of competitive performance of a team, just like in the case of work done together with CCAniene. Assisted by a careful evaluation of human resources and psychological needs of athletes available (through interviews and psychological tests), you can have a real “mapping” of the psycho-physical state of the athletes and the psychological dynamics potentially dysfunctional to “turn off “in the bud. Before whom they are in negative performance expectations or desired.
But what is the unconscious mechanism pivots on which the method of coaching? In the jargon is called “prophecy“: the implementation unconscious and unintentional, on the part of athletes and technical, behaviors that lead to “make things happen and make sure” the hypothesis underlying psychological and often negative. In practice is the risk that the effect occurring “Own Goal” very clear in our memories of some of the recent finals of the Champions League or the Euroleague. In summary, as it is important to prepare psychologically to race a high-level athlete, so it is now paramount in my opinion to prepare the coach to the management of his stress of the race and the complex dynamics of a team with which it must still interact. How often I repeat the expression of talent like that of Federica Pellegrini and Alessia Filippi, Josefa Idem, a team of tennis or volleyball, are now increasingly also the result of a specific preparation to the psychological strength. This is because today’s talent is not enough and, among other things, it is essential to prepare the mind of the sample to create, build and maintain the necessary conditions to do what everyone wants in sport: the difference, the impossible feat.