For a soft ball player, there is always room for improvement, whether it be in speed, strength or stamina. To be the absolute best athlete, scientists have uncovered some interesting ways in which an athlete can improve their performance and really be all that they can be out on the field.
Believing in Yourself
This is a proven fact. Athletes will actually perform better when they think no one is watching. Once the crowd arrives, they start comparing themselves to other players and focus on their image rather then their skills. Once you start believing that you are the best athlete no matter who is watching, it will show in your performance.
Step into the Light
Pre-dawn and dusk practices are not helping your performance at all. Research proves that an athlete is at his peak performance when under light. This has something to do with your body clock and wanting to sleep when it’s dark. Imaging that. If you have any control over scheduling, make all of your games at high noon, but just keep in mind that the other team is getting the light benefit too.
Your up, two strikes and the winning run on second. Do you fold under the pressure? Not if you start clenching your left fist. And yes it has to be the left one. Science has shown that this simple act helps an athlete to calm down and focus, even under the most tense situations. Try it the next time you are up at bat to see if it helps you maintain control.
Sing Out Loud
That’s right, singing will not only build your lung capacity, it will help with your sense of balance. Learn to sing online if you don’t want to scare off the spectators, or just practice at home with your online singing lessons. If you are singing a song while waiting for the perfect pitch, there’s a good chance you will hit it out of the ballpark.
On your next team bonding night, schedule a movie marathon of aggressive, action packed adventures. Scientists swear that comedy and dramas will destroy your athletic prowess, but watching Arnold kick butt will make it come alive. So go get the popcorn and see if this strange study has any merit.
There is no harm or foul or trying out any of these little tricks, either on your own or as a group effort. In any sport and with every athlete, there is always room for improvement, no matter how offbeat the method may seem.