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challenge, a dosage of dopamine is
released to help the player be relaxed
resulting in more self-confidence;
more concentration; more focus;
and a lowered pulse rate and blood
pressure.
The momentum goal of dopamine
is to get athletes in the zone where
they can play longer without up
and down spikes, therefore being
able to perform at a high and
consistent level. Of course, there are
environmental factors that might
cut the flow of dopamine. However,
experience, training, and positive
thinking can elevate dopamine
release, causing productivity on a
higher level. Dopamine is not just
about pleasure. Its real job is to
encourage us to act. It motivates
us to achieve while avoiding
something bad.
QUESTION 3: HOW CAN A
PLAYER CREATE POSITIVE
MOMENTUM DURING A GAME,
MATCH, OR RACE?
An athlete can create his/her
momentum, so that much of the luck
factor is eliminated. Here are a few
suggestions.
*
Repetitively practice a skill until
it becomes part of mental muscle
memory.
*
The real reason one team
catches fire, and the opponents
deflate has to do with changes in
thinking. That mental change is
the difference in the way the two
teams play. The change in thinking
not only creates the shift but is
the shift.
*
Focus more on personal
behaviors that will make them a
champion, rather than focusing on
their desire to win the conference
championship.
*
Practice deep breathing
exercises in order to keep anxiety
levels down.
*
Maintain a high intensity of
effort to avoid coasting.
QUESTION 4: WHAT CAUSES A
PLAYER TO LOSE MOMENTUM?
Players can lose momentum in a
game, race, or match for a myriad
of reasons. Several that stand out
include:
*
The present stress, fear, or
anxiety is greater than the
athlete's experience, training, or
the reward that can be offered.
*
Emotional insecurity contributes
to a lack of confidence.
*
Distractions. These can be a
result of environmental or mental
distractions.
*
The bad habit of negative selftalk
will always kill momentum.
*
When the athlete is the last to
hit the practice floor or field and
the first to leave. In other words,
momentum begins with a willing,
even determined athlete.
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