Can skaters learn to be competition ready? Is the ability to stay focused and calm while competing just a gift that some skaters possess or are their skills that can actually be learned? According to Dave Diggle of the Smart Mind Institute, competition readiness is indeed something that can be trained. It takes time, commitment and perseverance – much like learning to skate jumps, spins and transitional elements.
Confidence is an emotion. Is that a surprise? You can feel confident when you are well trained physically and have done the mental prep as well. In a recent blog post, Dave discusses strategies to deal with competitors.