Psychology of Figure Skaters

Figure Skating Psychology - ConfidenceFigure skaters, coaches and parents are all concerned about understanding the psychology of figure skaters. The most common concern is how to keep a figure skater confident and not extremely nervous during competitions.

It is important to understand that nerves and butterflies are somewhat normal during competitions, but being extremely nervous and anxious is not.  Normal butterflies and nerves are simply figure skaters emotions telling them that they are ready to get the job done.  The emotions are trying to wake them up and prepare them for the upcoming event.

Coaches and parents can both help with the psychology of figure skaters by reminding the skaters how hard they have trained and how much they have prepared for this day, both mentally and physically.  It is important to stay focused on the task at hand.  ‘

Do not think about the next program until you have completed this program.  Take each element as it comes; do not think about your double axel that is coming after your combination spin.  First perform the combination spin and then perform the double axel.  Thinking about the future will cloud your present moment.

The psychology of figure skaters involves being both mentally and physically strong. It involves preparing for the anything and being prepared for everything.  When figure skaters feel as if they are not prepared for the jump, they will not attempt the jump.

When they feel as if they not confident, they will be extremely nervous.  Nervous skates are always easy to pick out at any competition, watching body language will tell a lot about the confidence level of a figure skater.

Utilizing and understanding psychology for figure skaters is just as important as understanding your air position in a double Lutz.  Why would anyone learn one without the other?

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