Part Two: Sport Specific Exercises
These exercise can be done while running, skating, walking, or cycling. The objective is for the athletes to focus on the function of movement, attempting to bring complete attention to a task which may seem easy or obvious. The act of running may be taken for granted and when an athlete gives the simple act their complete attention the athlete will notice nuances to the movement they may have over-looked in the past. Reaching higher levels of performance begins with focusing on our most basic functions. When athletes can develop a sense of awareness to the basics first, it gives them a starting place to develop more complex skills.
Practice- 5-10 minutes to begin. Take the basic movement of the specific athlete and have them spend 5 minutes completely focused on that one act. If running, they can run at any speed, being aware of all of the sensations of the body. The point is to be fully accepting of where their abilities to run are today, without projecting wishes and desires into the run. Remind the athlete to bring their attention back to running every time the mind wanders.
This drill will help to increase focus, help the athlete to pay attention to what they are presently engaged in and build awareness of the body. The athletes will also cultivate a greater sense of joy in their sport as they learn to not take for granted the simple pleasures of running, skating, cycling, etc. This exercise, if done repeatly and with care and effort will reduce athlete burnout.