Fear and worry

Table Tennis Mental Preparation

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Ashraf  Mahmoud

Ashraf Mahmoud Asked 1 month ago

Hi sir, I am Ashraf from Egypt I am a para table tennis player in class 5 I am A very good player I can do all the skills.  I have an important question and I wish you answer it how can I overcome the feeling of fear, worry during the match? Please if there is a technique I can apply tell me about it. Because I feel great fear during the match, so I don't do well at all.


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 1 month ago

Hi Ashraf,

The first thing to remember is that every player has some sort of fear when they are competing.

Then next thing is to think about how do you deal with those feelings.  Some simple techniques is to focus on your breathing in between points to distract yourself from the other negative thoughts that are going through your head.  This is something that you will need to practice a lot over time in your training.  

Take a look initially at our tutorial in the Advanced Sports Psychology section on how to Recognise Your Feelings.  We have some ideas in the Effective Training tutorial as well.  For our Premium members you can take a look at the tutorial on Activation Level as well for some more ideas.  




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