To be a complete rugby player, you must master both the physical and mental skills of the game. You must be prepared, committed and determined to succeed. You must be focused—Focused for Rugby.
Authors Dr. Adam Nicholls and Jon Callard, former England International player and professional coach, pool their years of experience and offer a mental training programme designed to maximise performance on the rugby field. You’ll learn instantly applicable strategies for coping with stress, building confidence, managing emotions, and leading a team. You’ll even go inside the zone so you can be at your best in even the most pressure-filled situations.
Focused for Rugby is more than a psychology text; it is a training programme that will sharpen mental skills and unleash your full potential. Expert advice and step-by-step techniques will transfer directly to your game.
Focused for Rugby is your complete guide to becoming a complete player.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Goal Setting
Chapter 2 Performance Profiling
Chapter 3 Preparation for Peak Performance
Chapter 4 Mental Toughness
Chapter 5 Coping Effectively With Stress
Chapter 6 Mental Imagery
Chapter 7 Building Confidence
Chapter 8 Avoiding Choking
Chapter 9 The Zone
Chapter 10 Managing Anger
Chapter 11 Injury and Rehabilitation
Chapter 12 Progressive Muscular Relaxation
Chapter 13 Overtraining and Underperforming
Chapter 14 Coach–Athlete Relationship
Chapter 15 Effective Leadership
"Focused for Rugby is a great asset for coaches at all levels of the game. It offers a coach-friendly guide toward the understanding of psychology. In particular, it teaches you how to apply the principles to both training and competition to improve your players. Just as important, the exercises provided in this book will allow you to monitor the progress of your players over the course of the rugby season."
Leigh Jones--Coach Development Manager, Hong Kong RFU