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Tips to Mentally Prepare Yourself for Matches

Posted by Jeffrey Pape on

The end of the season is upon us, and many championship matches are about to take place. You know you’re physically ready: you’ve been wrestling all season and are in great shape. You have all the gear you need: excellent wrestling shoes, wrestling headgear to keep you protected, and stylish wrestling singlets that look and feel great on the mat. So how do you prepare mentally for the biggest match yet? Here are some tips to help you get in the right headspace to defeat your opponents.

  • Be confident and stay positive. This is the number one factor that will differentiate you from others and boost your abilities. Remind yourself of the hours you’ve put into training, the techniques you’ve mastered, and the stamina you’ve built up. Accept and believe that you are good at what you do and that you can win. Don’t allow doubts to creep in.
  • Picture yourself winning the match. Visualization is a commonly recommended technique that has been proven to produce results. Go through the lead-up to the match and imagine yourself getting ready. Then walk yourself through all possible scenarios with your potential opponent and mentally enact what you’ll do to win in each case. Finish by visualizing yourself receiving the award.
  • Learn what it takes to help you relax. Don’t allow yourself to get too worked up and nervous about the upcoming match because this will only work against you. You might try meditation, listening to your favorite music, or just letting go and having an unrelated conversation with friends or teammates to take your mind off things. Make sure you go to the mat excited but not so ramped up that you can’t focus on the moment.

Of course, you also want to make sure you’re eating properly and getting a good night’s sleep before your match. If you have anything in particular weighing on your mind, talk to your coach. If you are obsessing over a move you can’t seem to master or are worried about an upcoming match, he will be happy to talk things through with you to make sure you are fully prepared. If you keep these things in mind, you’ll be more than ready to compete successfully.