Whatever sport you do, whether it’s football, baseball, or trampolining, you will have events or contests that you need to prepare for. No matter what level you are at, these events can make you nervous, can psyche you out, and many people find them very difficult to deal with. No matter how old you are, or what you do, just know that everyone feels this way as well. Everyone prepares for their events in different ways, and no matter if they show it or not, everyone is feeling the same pressure you are. Although everyone prepares and deals with their sports events in different ways, there are some things you can do to calm your nerves and can enable you to get the best out of that day. Read on to find out how you can help deal with your nerves, and give your best performance.
Get Ready the Night Before
Before the big day lay out any equipment you need, and make sure everything is clean, at its best, and ready to use. Making sure you have prepared a good breakfast and any snacks to help fuel your body the day before, and the day of the event too. Being prepared means the day will run much more smoothly, and your head will be in a better space. If you have to get any new clothes or equipment for your event, like Track and field uniforms for example, make sure you have worn them in before you participate in the event. You will already be in a new environment, but familiarising yourself with anything you can do before the event, is always advisable. If you are prepared the night before, this means that everything will run much more smoothly. There is nothing worse than being late because you can’t find your equipment. Little things like this can put you off, so make sure this doesn’t happen to you.
Don’t Over Exercise
No doubt you have trained a lot for this event, but overdoing it is usually far more of a problem than not training enough. Overtraining can cause injuries by overusing muscles and then expecting them to work fully on the day. It is essential, and great to have a good work ethic when it comes to training for your sport, but make sure you don’t train too much. Resting the day before, and reducing the distance you cover, can all help you to give a great performance on the day. Be mindful of your body, and don’t put it through unnecessary stress in the lead up to the event. Make sure relax the day before, take it easy, and get in a positive headspace for the next day. Getting enough sleep is a great idea too!
Although everyone is different, there a few things you can do help everything to run smoothly the next day. Being prepared, and familiarising yourself with any new equipment you might have is always a good idea. Being well rested, and eating well, will put you in a great mindset to do your best the next day.