THEORY: Focus is an essential component to sporting success. Focus allows performers to attend to the cues in hand and concentrate on tasks to achieve success. The ability to focus is important because it allows performers an opportunity to achieve their goals.
PRACTICE: Focus is something that we can develop in training and take into competition. Therefore, we need to practice focus on a consistent basis. Allow time for focus. Make sure that you are focused before you attend training. Before competition you must focus on the vital cues that relate to your own performance.
APPLICATION: Focus is about your task and position. It is not about the other person. You must be in control of your own focus. Therefore, think about your position and balance. From there focus on what you will need to perform. Examples can relate to heading, shooting, passing.
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About Gobinder Gill
Gobinder is a lecturer in Sport Psychology and Research Methods at Birmingham Metropolitan College in the West Midlands.