Believe it or not, visualization works and positive goal imagery creates a “competitive drive”. Top athletes do it to improve performance.
Brain studies have revealed that thoughts produce the same mental instructions as actions. Mental imagery impacts many cognitive processes in the brain: motor control, attention, perception, planning, and memory. So the brain is getting trained for actual performance during visualization. It’s been found that mental practices can enhance motivation, increase confidence and self-efficacy, improve motor performance, and prime your brain for success – all relevant to achieving your best performance.
Braden Holtby, Washington Capitals incorporates “mental imagery” into his pre-game routine.
How a goalie should prepare before games can be approached differently by each inividual and depenant to the kind of schedule you may have to endure.
Preparation for a goalie is huge and if possible, should start a few days before game night. From experience when I played at Carleton University, I knew that game day was every weekend; starting in Fridays game meant I started focusing on the game early in the week. I would know what opposing players to look for on the ice. Who had the most goals, points, etc. In a CIS short season, I knew every game counted and I had to be at my best everytime. I started to prepare myself by working hard in practice and getting a good feel for the puck all week. I would specificaly work on tracking pucks en...
Coach Paul Schonfelder leaves for Dawson Creek, British Columbia to mentor and coach Team Canada Black in the U17 World hockey Challenge. Canada actually ices 3 teams and coach Paul will be in charge of Team Canada Black. Teams are made up of the top 1999 birth year kids and are all primarily 1st year Major Junior players. Coach Paul will be writing a quick blog to keep CGD followers in the loop on the inside track of this unique experience. Follow us over the next 2 weeks and find out just how the top players in the world prepare, practice and play on the world stage.
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