Sport Psychology: Workout Goals Improve Practice Quality

Sport Psychology: Workout Goals Improve Practice Quality

Dick Moss, Editor, PE

If  your athletes are becoming stale during practices, you might stress the fact that every workout is an opportunity for them to improve an aspect of their performance.

One way to do that is by having them record a workout goal before they leave the locker room.

Place a whiteboard or chalkboard somewhere in your locker room and ask your athletes to write down their workout goals before they leave for practice.

There's no need to sign their name, but having them record their goal will force them to focus, as the workout begins, on an aspect of their sport that they need to improve. And it will give them good reason to work a little  harder in order to achieve that goal.

Reference: Idea from Liam Wilson and Kris Lewis, sport psychology students at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario. From the Laurentian cross-country running team's training camp, September 2009.

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