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FEATURE // MENTAL TRAINING

MATCH PRESSURE
Observations:
When we're not expected to do well, we
often shoot to our full potential. Dr. Judy Tant
mentioned this in her November 2009,
interview with SSUSA when she reflected:
"I discovered that, because I had been doing
well, I felt like I had to do well." On the other
hand, during Jock Elliott's series on How Not
to Crack Under Pressure [see endnotes],
in anticipation of a lengthy interview with
National Rifle and Pistol Champion Carl
Bernosky, he suddenly found himself with
plenty of spare time when Carl answered:
"I just never thought of shooting as being
all that difficult." So it's important to reflect
on our perception of pressure, to understand how to manage it.
From Olympic Gold medalist Lanny Bassham:
"Here's a myth-Pressure causes performance
to drop. Pressure does not cause your performance to drop. What I learned about pressure
was that when you feel the physical effects of
pressure, it's real. You feel an adrenaline rush
and your heart rate and blood pressure go up.
I've seen shooters shoot extremely high scores
with their legs shaking. Pressure doesn't cause
your scores to go up or down, but your attitude
does. Your attitude is what's important."

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Research:
Navy SEAL Study on Working Through Fear
Having doubled in size during our evolution,
the brain weighs less than five pounds, yet consumes nearly one fourth of our body's energy.
According to Eric Zillmer of Drexel University, we
can compare our brain's structural evolution to
an old house, with additional rooms added over
time. The original "house" was simply the brain
stem, sometimes called the reptilian brain. We
know that this part of the brain governs automatic functions like temperature, heart rate and
the instinct to flinch from loud sounds- things
that happen without having to think about them.
Fast forward a few hundred thousand years when
the next "room" was added to the brain-the
cerebellum, where procedural memory (learned
activities) is stored.
During this same evolutionary era, scientists
believe the next room created was the amygdala,
[a-mig'-de-la] near the brain stem, which is
responsible for emotions, including fear. So if a
bad "case of nerves" is embedded in the oldest
part of the brain, how then are we able to control
these ancient instincts?
Navy SEAL training has drawn from neuroscience for special techniques to help recruits
change the way they react to the extremes they
will face in combat. The principle goals of this
training include: Goal Setting, Mental Rehearsal,

...master shooters
have created signals
in their frontal lobe
that are strong
enough to override
instinctive distractions
from the earliest
parts of the brain.


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