Mental Preparation Tips For Rugby

Rugby is the ultimate team sport that makes the most of everyone’s skills and abilities. Physical fitness is important, but there is just as much importance in mental ability and agility for the very best players. This is true not only in the 80 minutes on the field but also in the buildup – workouts and practice – and the aftermath and the post-match analysis, when it can be hard to regain focus if the result did not go your way.

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Getting the mental preparation right helps build confidence, trust in the rest of the team, and the focus required to achieve at the top level.

Play The Athlete

Whatever else is going on in your life, when it comes time for match day, you need to be able to put everything aside and focus on the task at hand. Many athletes across various sports, both amateur and professional, have specific pre-match routines and rituals to help get them “in the zone.” This might include a specific set of stretches or exercises or a special playlist of music.

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Expect The Best, But Prepare For The Worst

All athletes will experience adversity at some point in their career, and the difference between a good athlete and the best athlete is how they deal with it. There will be different challenges to overcome – such as injury and defeat – and they will all require a different approach to overcoming the adversity.

Have Confidence In Your Ability

Believing in yourself is one of the best mental skills you can develop. Know that you have worked hard enough, challenged yourself and prepared properly, and you’re halfway there. Then, you can focus on the execution of the task ahead knowing you’ll be ready to cope with whatever the game throws your way and stick to your game plan.

For more tips on preparing for your big match, see the advice from Livestrong.

Add in some mental preparation to your rugby training drills and be in top form ahead of the match. There are lots of drills to hone your skills from sites like Sport Plan that can help you tailor your training session to your squad.

The key is to get the balance right and not focus too much on either the physical or mental elements of training.