Momentum changes affect confidence first. A team or an athlete no longer feels in complete control. If this occurs they may start to think too much and get out of what is considered the zone or flow. This affects their play and performance drops perhaps a little. This then may precipitate an increase in level of confidence in the team that now has the momentum. The drop in level of play may also increase the level of anxiety in players further limiting what they can do and helping propel them into a downward cycle. This all varies of course dependent on other learned behaviors. One of the most important of which is the athlete’s self talk. If an individual or team have the mindset that is something like “Oh no, here we go again”, these thoughts will undoubtedly lead to a self fulfilling prophesy of decrease effectiveness. This is certainly where a coach can have a great influence in changing this negative behavior. Very often, especially with good teams we see momentum shift back. Often athletes on these teams see the shift in momentum as a new challenge to their complacency. Sometimes they believe that the energy it took to shift momentum has now exhausted their opponent and is now the perfect time to step on the gas. How often we see temporary shifts in momentum only to see the other team come back and crush the other side. The biggest variable is what does the team think and believe when it comes to the big shift. “Defeat or Opportunity”. These are just a couple of ideas on a very complicated subject.
This is some text prior to the author information. You can change this text from the admin section of WP-Gravatar Mike Margolies: Sport Psychology Consultants ; TheMental-Game.com Mike Margolies is a Sport Psychology Consultant, Certified Mental Trainer® (CMT), Author, and Professional Speaker. When you want to be the best that you can be and the one thing you might be missing is the right mental game - what can you do? Well, athletes from all over the country have been seeking out Mike Margolies for over three decades to help them reach their potential. His clients include professional, elite, colligate and youth athletes in every sport. They have sought his counsel and unique teaching style to learn about the game within the game, or what mental training can do to help them become the athlete they want to be. He has trained professional and elite athletes and helped guide many to world championships and even the Super Bowl. Mike has trained more than 2000+ athletes. He has taught at four Universities and completed research at the United States Olympic Training Center. His new book is called The Athlete within You- A Mental Approach to Sports and Business. He currently works with individual athletes, teams and businesses around the world, both in person and via SKYPE. Mike is based out of the Pacific Northwest. Let him encourage you to play the game within the game. The Athlete within You is waiting to come out play. Learn the rules to the mental game to help realize your potential. Read more from this author