The yearly CS4L (Canadian Sport 4 Life) Summit was held during the last days of January. I was unable to attend this year, but I noticed this very interesting paper on the CS4L-webpage regarding the topic “Mental Fitness”.
Sport places both physical and mental demands on the athlete. In training and competition, the body is asked to push physical limits of endurance, power, speed, and strength. Similarly, the mind is asked to push mental barriers, such as focus, composure, and determination. Being a top performer in any sport requires a combination of physical fitness, technical skills, tactical readiness, and mental fitness.
The Mental Fitness is typically developed through four training stages: Education, Awareness, Implementation and Evaluation. The paper breaks down how to work and develop Mental Fitness at the different development stages according to the LTAD-model.