Psychological preparation for competitions in swimming. Tips from Yevgeny Korotyshkin
The captain of the Rusian national swimming team Evgeny Korotyshkin, who became a winner at the London Olympics in 2012 gives novice swimmers tips on mental preparation and attitude before the competition.
Eugene believes that each athlete needs an individual approach, their methods, developed independently, through trial and error. As for the captain, he identifies three main practical aspects of psychological training of swimmers:
1. It is advisable to Wake up at least 3 hours and eat something light-a salad, fish or even pasta. But do not overeat.
2. Music helps to tune in, set the rhythm and lift your mood. Before the competition you should listen to the music that you love and that gives energy and configures to win and great accomplishments.
3. The question concerning the excitement is always relevant, as worried about absolutely everything – both beginners and profesional athletes. But it is interesting that the fear in this case is normal and even necesary thing before the start. In stresful and extreme situations helps to survive it is fear. The main thing is not to get him to the point of panic. In panic it is difficult to think and move quickly, as the body “goes hard”, but my head reigns comprehensive horror.
It is important to learn to control yourself. When overwhelmed by emotion, it is necesary to sit with your eyes closed, to remember something calming and pleasant – friends, family, a warm home, or delicious food. Gradually, the breathing is restored, what will be the main feature of self-control.
You can also do the workout. Any exercise and physical activity is well away from stres and anxiety. Mentally you can imagine the proces of completing the whole distance from start to finish, practicing in the mind of each element: the acceleration, the number of cycles, turn, finish.
And with experience in career will come and the knowledge of how to properly prepare for the competition, to cope with anxiety and to be adjusted according to individual characteristics of the organism and psyche.