One of the most effective ways to change something about ourselves is through visualization. In sports it is no different. If you want a meaner lean, visualize it. Practice Trikke carving in your mind and when you get out on the pavement you will find improvement in your technique. That is just one topic covered under the umbrella of sports psychology.
This post started as a question: “Does your carving style reflect how you live your life?” How do I wiki a question like that? In a search that started out with self esteem and sports, I stumbled upon the study of the intellectual side of our competitive nature.
Sports Psychology has been applied to athletes in the United States starting with the 1984 Olympics, but in Europe this has been a serious topic of study and practice since the 1920’s. Simply put, sports psychology is the study of how psychology influences sports, athletic performance, exercise and physical activity.
If you take risks on your Trikke, do you tend to be a risk taker off the Trikke? If you are confident in your carving skills, are you confident in your relationships and/or at your job? It was found that yes, s/he who has confidence in the real world, usually performs with confidence in sports.
What about the less than athletic person working on staying ahead of last night’s TV-binge? Will any of this help me? Sports psychology covers several topics, and its key elements focus on imagery, motivation and attentional focus.
With imagery, focus is on perfect form and seamless carving. See yourself on the path finding your sweet spot. See yourself performing this skill successfully. Involve as many senses as possible in your visualization.
Consider your motivation as well; is it intrinsic (personal gain, pride in activity) or extrinsic (trophies, social recognition)? Set your goals based on what motivates you. Attentional focus has to do with tuning out distractions and focusing on form, even when tired.
These are topics that will help me become a better carver. Maybe it will help you too. I am still interested in knowing if one’s carving style is reflective of how one lives life. I suspect it is, what do you think? Any opinions?