Sports Hypnosis-Why It Can Make You A Top Performer

Tactics for football, netball, golf, basketball, and all sports that you can imagine don’t always just come down to training and a clever game plan.  Psychological elements have become increasingly important and these can include the use of hypnosis, NLP (neuro linguistic programming) and the choice of colours for football kits, netball kits, basketball kits, golf clothing and so on.

Hypnosis has been used by professional athletes and Olympic teams for many years now, to give them a mental advantage over their opponents. If you take part in sport you will be familiar with those annoying moments that happen when some distracting thought, self-doubt, lack of certainty or some bad habit cuts through your performance, for what may be a tiny moment in time.  Yet this tiny moment in time has just lost you the flow of concentrated play, and in retrospect, this tiny moment in time is what changed the outcome of the game.  And you lost.

This is where hypnosis can help.  Sports hypnosis gives players and athletes the ability to perform automatically with the best techniques. Hypnosis opens the subconscious mind to accept and achieve perfection.  Playing any sport competitively requires an eighty per cent mental focus and agility.  Hypnosis can trigger this state of being.  One example of a famous sports personality who uses sports hypnosis is Tiger Woods.

Although many people have strange ideas about hypnosis, due to stage hypnosis, hypnosis is nothing more than a relaxed state of consciousness.  A therapist can create an environment in the subconscious mind where stress and relaxation cannot live together.

This then enables a player/athlete to be unaware of distracting thoughts and results in a fluid, automatic sports performance. This can and is also used by amateur players who wish to play their sport as well as possible, for enjoyment and of course the pleasure of a top performance.

Through hypnosis a therapist can access and guide the outcome to a response, so that an athlete reacts without compensation, hesitation and with the proper techniques.  Think about that feeling that comes when driving, kind of on auto-pilot, when your reactions seem like second nature and it seems to be effortless.  This is how it feels like to be hypnotised.  There is nothing weird about it, in fact it is natural and healthy state.  It is in this state that you can achieve success in your sport, or for that matter, any given area, with less effort.

For sports people, whether professional or amateur, the therapist can weed out any bad habits or counter-productive thought patterns or responses and will work with you to replace these at a subconscious level with better strategies, that will come to you automatically when you play the sport after the required amount of hypnosis sessions.

If you are reading this and are wondering how many sessions you will need, there is no rule of thumb.  Each person is different and the great thing about sports hypnosis is that you will know yourself when you feel that great natural confidence and automatic ability to play to your best ability.

Let’s take a quick look at the difference between the subconscious and the conscious mind.  The conscious mind is where we store logic, reasoning, analysis and decision making.  In the subconscious we house identifications, associations and learned responses.

Examples of the subconscious mind at work are when we are walking.  We do not have to make a decision to place one foot after the other foot. So with sports hypnosis we are working with ensuring that the habits in the subconscious mind are positive and will enable a top sports performance.  Hypnosis is often used in conjunction with guided imagery and visualization.  Depending on the sport and player/athlete, this can be customised to include the most relevant and meaningful images.  A good therapist will walk you through very detailed guided imagery, which could include descriptions of the stadium, football kits, netball kits, combined with the feeling of excitement as you score that goal or whatever your sports aim is.

New Custom Netball Kits Range Released By Team Colours For 2011 Season

Team Colours has announced the release of their custom netball kits along with an online designer tool where ladies can design their own custom netball kits, from the comfort of their own homes.

Launched as part of the “Goal-den Globe” Promotion, the 2011 netball season looks promising with this fantastic range of custom netball kits, in a wide range of colours, from the UK custom team wear specialist Team Colours.

A market leader, this UK company has put a special emphasis on team wear which is Made with Women in Mind.  This appreciation of comfort, style and performance for women can be experienced across their netball kit range, womens football kits range,

Team Colours are delighted to offer this quality, affordable range of ladies netball kits, which are available in three fabric types; Meryl, Lycra and the new very affordable quality material, eyelet.

All of the range is fully customisable to suit your team’s tastes.  In fact there is an online designer tool that customers can use and experiment with to get the look right, before enquiring or ordering the netball kits for their team.

This online designer tool has been further improved recently to give added control while designing your team custom netball kits online.  The design team has also added in an even more extensive range of colour choices, making Team Colours the versatile, quality but value choice for savvy netball teams.

Additionally the website often has special offers, such as the current offer for netball dresses which are reduced from £40 to £30.  Contrast colour hoodies are on a very special offer of 2 for £30.

Team Colours offer this same service across all major sports. Club, school and team kits can be produced according to your needs.  Teams have enjoyed the flexibility in design and manufacturing capability offered by Team Colours for many years now.

Team Colours specialise in supplying sports kit and leisurewear to clubs, schools and universities throughout the UK. In addition, they also supply school wear in small, medium or large volume orders.

Team Colours are proud to supply high quality products at competitive prices for numerous years to teams, clubs, schools and universities all over Great Britain.  If you want your team to enjoy the best performance and feel proud of their custom netball kits, then order from Team Colours.

A Short History of Netball

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Netball was developed as a sport suitable for women in the last years of the 18th century in the USA. In those days, morale and codes of conduct were very different from the free attitude of modern days.

Women in those days used to experience a lot of resistance if they wanted to play a sport that public opinion considered a male sport not appropriate for maintaining female decorum. For the same reason, netball kits had to be designed that suited the conservative mentality of the era.

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Netball Began With Basketball

In 1891, in Springfield, Massachusetts, 30-year-old Canadian immigrant was given the task to invent an indoor game for young members of what later would become the YMCA.

The first games he invented all ended with lots of injuries for the players. They were a boisterous and driven lot, and he decided that the best choice would be to lob the ball into a basket instead of anything else, since the high speed passes the players made were what caused the injuries.

After he had set and defined the rules, it took less than a year before a women’s version of the game was developed. However, almost immediately afterwards, netball was invented. Since this new version of the original game of basketball was less strenuous on the physique and considered to be a more proper way for women to behave, netball quickly became a popular sport not only in the USA, but in Europe as well.

By the 1920’s national netball organisations started to be formed, along with official leagues and competitions.

As the popularity of netball grew, it gained considerable traction in Australia and New Zealand. Fun fact: Netball is still called women’s basketball in both countries, though the word netball was formally accepted in 1970.

Netball Unified Rules

It was around 1956 that the first efforts were made to standardise the rules on a global level. This culminated in 1960 with the gathering of the leading netball countries and accepting a unified set of rules.

After that, 1963 saw the first even World Netball Championship in Eastbourne, England. Since then, a world tournament has been organised practically every four years.

Netball These Days

These days, netball is no longer considered a sport exclusively for women. Men enjoy the game just the same as women in some countries, and every weekend you can see teams flashing across the courts in their netball kits.