Badminton and Goal

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One of Jim Ryun’s quotes “Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.” Can be describe as if you are dedicated enough to do the hard work at the start, it will then become a habit and not a chore (brainyquote.com 2012). Sports psychology is a science that draws on knowledge from the fields of Kinesiology which is the study of movement and Psychology which is the study of the mind and behaviours. Throughout the course of this term, two sport phycology techniques have been studied in the game of badminton. By improving my knowledge of Sports Psychology, I will be able to adjust my mental rehearsal and goal setting so I can improve my sporting performance through these methods of psychological practices. When setting goals, there are four different types which you can use. The first goal should be long-term goal or “dream goal” for your sport. A long-term goal is what you want to ultimately achieve in your sport (sportpsychologytoday.com 2012). The second goal should be your intermediate goals. These goals are what you would like to achieve in the next 4-12 months. This type of goal setting is used for mainly the whole season of the sport. The 3rd goal is setting short term goals which could be accomplished in 2 weeks to 2 months. The last goal is process goals. This goal is related to short term goals but they help you strive for a small success over a week or so. It will help you focus on what you need to do when playing the game. Mental imagery involves the athlete imagining themselves in an environment performing a specific activity using all of their senses (sight, hear, feel and smell). The images should have the athlete performing successfully and feeling satisfied with their performance (http://www.brianmac.co.uk 2012). During the course of this term, the practice of mental rehearsal was applied by mentally visualising my game plan and how I would succeed in each step, before the rally even started. I also used this technique to calm...
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