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Weird Habits to Improve Your Sports Game

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tadalafil oral strips online             Being great at sports is where talent meets hard work. All other things being equal, there are a few other factors that have studies have proven to give one side that competitive edge.

binaire optie strategieen Random, ridiculous factors such as doing a touchdown dance, wearing the same socks, wearing red, singing, sports drinks, and grunting may be all it takes to better yourself at your sport.

binäre options tools The NFL may call it unsportsmanlike and throw fines and penalty flags at it, but a study found that excessive celebration after scoring might actually help a team win, in just about every sport. The study found that players who overtly celebrated with their teammates–particularly during an important game–were more likely to come out on top.  So walking away with a “that’s how you do it” side eye smirk might make you look cool, but it’s not helping your team.

binära optioner vad är Even stranger, the study found that celebrating while facing the crowd also didn’t help, and that the player has to be celebrating in the direction of his team. This the action seemed to encourage everyone else in the same jersey, while simultaneously messing with the other team’s heads; causing them to miss a high percentage of shots directly after watching their opponents jump all over each other.

looptijd binaire opties Rituals are the cornerstones of champion performance. Next time you watch a professional sporting event, look for rituals that the players perform. You’ll find that almost every athlete that performs to his or her highest level has pre-, during-, and post-game rituals.

köp Cialis 25 mg These rituals serve to focus them on the task at hand, let their body know that it is time to perform, and physically relax during times of stress. If you’re an athlete that doesn’t use rituals as a major aspect of your sport participation, change that. Something as simple as listening to calming music, writing in a journal, or stretching in a certain manner can serve as your ritual.

“If you’re an athlete that doesn’t use rituals as a major aspect of your sport participation, change that.”

The key is to find something that prepares you mentally for whatever your sport demands. If you are a boxer, wrestler, or football player, listening to Beethoven might not best prepare you for the physical onslaught you are about to face. However, with a sport such as golf, or tennis, where being calm is a distinct advantage, a slower more calming piece of music might just do the trick. The key is to tailor your ritual to the sport.

Two British researchers studied the results of the 2004 Olympics and found that the team or person wearing red was more likely to win in close matches, across a huge variety of team and individual sports, like soccer, tae kwon do, and wrestling. The key though, is close matches; if you were ranked 23rd and had to wrestle the number one guy in the world than no amount of red was going to save you.

Singing also may actually make you better at sports. But to understand why it works you have to know something about the phenomenon called “choking.” It happens to pro athletes in every sport, from the 1993 Houston Oilers (who famously blew a 35-3 lead in the playoffs) to figure skater Michelle Kwan in the Olympics. An amateur messing up is one thing, but a professional who has done nothing but this their entire life?

It turns out these professionals are actually more likely to choke, and choke harder than any of us. Basically once you get the mechanics of a sport honed and perfected, it’s best to just let it happen. Choking occurs when people who know better start thinking too hard about what they need to do. The added pressure forces your brain into a state called “paralysis by analysis” where the working memory part of your brain stops working; the more talented you are the more working memory you also have, meaning the harder the failure. But it turns out that the solution to all of it can be as simple as singing.

Research indicates that doing anything that your brain also controls, such as singing or humming, preoccupies your mind from the task at hand and will keep those pathways from becoming over active. This in turn keeps your working memory from shutting down and prevents you from choking; it is essentially just distracting your conscious mind long enough that your muscle memory can finish the job.

“Research indicates that doing anything that your brain also controls, such as singing or humming, preoccupies your mind from the task at hand and will keep those pathways from becoming over active.”

Sports drinks are a huge business, and the reason so many athletes swear by them is the promise of increased performance; replacing all those vital nutrients lost during exercise, just like the ads say. It turns out, however, that all that electrolyte and re-hydration technology is nothing compared to the simple pleasure of having a bunch of sugar in your mouth.

A study found that sports drinks work because they activate the pleasure center of your brain. You don’t even have to drink them, just swishing some around in your mouth and spitting it out has the same effect. The carbohydrates in the drink stimulate receptors in your mouth that then send your brain messages that things are totally cool.

Your brain, in turn, becomes more active in the pleasure center, allowing you to enjoy feeling the burn far longer than someone without a sugary drink. It also stimulates the part of your brain in charge of the movement control. So not only will you be content while kicking your water-drinking opponent’s ass, you’ll actually be kicking it harder.

Grunting, sometimes almost screaming, is commonplace for many male and female athletes. And while it might seem ridiculous and distracting, according to one study, grunting in tennis actually helps those players win.

Now as intuitive as it may seem that grunting would help more muscle into a swing (like karate guys screaming “HIYAA!!” when they hit you), that’s not what the study suggested. Instead, the grunt is effective because it can disorient the opponent. Even when a non-grunting tennis player is used to playing someone who makes a lot of noise, each and every grunt in every match actively affects the tennis player’s ability to return the ball.

“The grunt is effective because it can disorient the opponent.”

This is likely a result of the shock the sound causes on the opponent, making it harder for them to perceive where the ball is at any given time. It also drastically slows the reaction time of someone trying to return a serve from a heavy grunter; after a player grunts, the ball will travel on average two feet further before being returned, than it would have with no noise at all.

So if you plan on playing college football or pursuing your dream of being a big time tennis player, consider these random but study proven factors that may give you that competitive edge.

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