Sports Psychology is fascinating and as a fighter I think ‘mental toughness’ and confidence was always my weakness.
I believe that Sports Nutrition should start with a base and a good understanding of nutrition for wellbeing. This is paralleled when it comes to Sports Psychology – don’t focus just on pre-fight, fight and post-fight psychology, begin by looking at the whole person and their general wellbeing and psychological ‘status’.
From adrenaline, to focus, attribution and more, psychology can certainly make or break fighters. There are fighters who are great in the gym, but terrible in the cage, and average ‘gym-fighters’ but amazing ‘cage fighters’.
A fighter who performs well in the gym but falls apart in competition, often has trouble with confidence, controlling the adrenaline rush and obtaining flow-state.
In years gone by talented athletes with low levels of motivation, confidence and discipline have wrongly been dismissed as a waste of time. A good coach should be able to develop a fighter’s skill, as well as their mindset, focus and determination.
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