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An athlete's "game shape" defined

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What exactly, does the term "game shape" mean?

A layperson or young athlete may think that it explains to be in physical condition for 48 minutes of a competitive game.

It does not.

"Game shape" means not only that the player is in top physical condition to withstand the toll of a competitive game, but he is also in top mental condition--able to withstand the emotional swings of game, understand his assignments and be able to stay observant without mental lapses. Can the player make good decisions, remain composed and still use his physical abilities efficiently to perform? The website, in an article by Delice Coffey entitled, "The Effects of Maintaining Composure on Mental Toughness", successful athletes prepare their mental focus and thoughts to remain steady no matter what the situation and as a result their football confidence grows exponentially. From the Axon Sports potential training website,, the athlete's brain must be trained to make high-speed decisions, have quick reaction and anticipation, be able to use spatial reasoning and have focused emotional regulation.

For some athletes, they're approach is to be thrust immediately into game situations where the more chances they get, the better off they will become. Other athletes and most of all coaches, believe that this comes from practice--The axiom "You play how you practice." Regardless of the school of thought, an athlete preparing for a game cannot play the next day and even less when he or she isn't prepared for the mental strain their bodies will undergo during a game and/or a full season. A young athlete preparing to take on more responsibilities on their team or an athlete returning from injury must realize this and begin to make other preparations in their physical and mental exercise routines before they let their emotions make a wrong decision.



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