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From the mind to the podium

There is a crucial factor often overlooked in sports: psychological preparation. The ability to manage pressure, maintain concentration, and recover from adversity can make the difference between success and failure. In this article, we explore how proper psychological preparation enhances athletic performance and highlight key points to turn an athlete into a great competitor.

The importance of psychological preparation

Sports psychology studies the mental and emotional factors that influence performance. According to Pep Marí, proper psychological preparation can significantly enhance an athlete's abilities. "The mind is powerful," says Marí, "and its proper training can lead an athlete to reach their maximum potential."

Key points for effective psychological preparation

1. Setting clear goals: Defining short, medium, and long-term goals helps maintain motivation and measure progress. Goals should be specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound (SMART).

2. Visualization techniques: Imagining oneself correctly executing a technique or competing successfully can boost confidence and actual performance. Studies have shown that visualization can activate the same brain areas as physical practice (Guillot et al., 2009).

3. Managing anxiety and stress: Competition generates pressure and stress, and learning to manage them is fundamental. Techniques such as deep breathing, meditation, and mindfulness can reduce anxiety and improve focus (Kabat-Zinn, 2003).

4. Pre-competition routines: Establishing routines before a competition can help athletes enter an optimal state of concentration and minimize distractions.

5. Positive self-talk: The way athletes talk to themselves can significantly impact their performance. Replacing negative thoughts with positive affirmations helps maintain a constructive and resilient attitude.

Turning an athlete into a great competitor

The process of transforming an athlete into a great competitor involves working on both their mind and body. Our instructor, Pep Marí, has worked with numerous athletes, helping them develop a performance-oriented competitive mindset. An integrated approach combines physical training with psychological techniques to enhance self-confidence, concentration, and resilience.

As our readers know, we like to complement our technical articles with scientific evidence. In this article, we cite a study published in the Journal of Applied Sport Psychology which found that athletes who integrate psychological preparation techniques into their regular training experience significant improvements in their performance and overall well-being (Vealey & Garner-Holman, 1998).


Psychological preparation is an essential component of success in sports performance. With an appropriate methodology and the application of proven techniques, athletes can improve their performance and achieve their goals. As Pep Marí's work demonstrates, training the mind is just as crucial as training the body. Indeed, psychology plays a vital role.

Our Advice

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- Guillot, A., & Collet, C. (2009). Duration of mentally simulated movement: A review. Journal of Motor Behavior, 41(1), 6-9.

- Kabat-Zinn, J. (2003). Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR). Constructivism in the Human Sciences, 8(2), 73.

- Vealey, R. S., & Garner-Holman, M. (1998). Psychological skill training in sport. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 10(1), 40-58.