Figure Skating Psychology: Compete Like You Train

Figure Skating Sports Psychology

It is not a secret that figure skaters do not compete often enough.  Most figure skaters will begin their season in the late spring or early summer and then end the season by Mid October.  The average number of competitions for a competitive figure skater is about 7 per year with them being compacted into a small amount of time.

Most of the time is spent training and working on programs or moves.  This will explain why most figure skaters will have anxiety and butterflies when it comes time to compete.

One of the most common questions that I am asked is how to overcome the anxiety associated with competitions.  It is first important to understand that athletes of all ages and levels experience competition anxiety.  When we don’t do something often enough nerves can set in.

That is why it is important to remember just how hard you train all year.  You train sometimes six days a week, often twice a day.  You do off-ice training, stretching, Pilates, ballet and anything else that you and your coach believe will help.  You eat right, get enough sleep, keep a great attitude and know just what it takes to get to the level of skating that you want to achieve.

When you give 100% to your training, you will be able to give 100% in the competition.  If you give less than 100% and waste time while training, it will show in your competition.  Being consistent and willing to go the extra mile every day with your training is exactly what you will be able to take with you to the competition.

Nothing feels better than knowing that you gave it your best shot, that you left nothing behind, and that you have no regrets.  Practice makes perfect, so run through your programs over and over again.  Trust in your ability, trust in your training and most importantly trust in your belief in yourself.

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