This article is republished with permission. The original article appears at Mental Game & Confidence in Basketball.
In “Sports Psychology Sessions with Doc,” Dr. Patrick Cohn answers sports psychology questions from athletes, parents and coaches.
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Do you struggle early in the game with your confidence if you didnt have a good warmup?
In this video, Dr. Cohn will discuss:
Basketball players who tend to struggle with their confidence if things didn’t go well in the warmup.
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COHN: One of challenges of basketball players that I work with on the mental game is if they didn’t feel good in the warmup. In other words, if their shot wasn’t on or their legs were heavy or they just felt like their performance isn’t on in the warmup, they tend to start to doubt their skills and wonder, “Well, what’s going to happen in the game? Am I going to be tired in the game? Am I going to miss shots in the game?”
COHN: So, essentially, when the warmup doesn’t go well, they assess the warmup and that creates doubt.
COHN: When they start to doubt, that hurts their confidence at the start of the game.
COHN: So, what’s the solution? How do you have more confidence at the start of the game?