Preface By Janx....
I feel that sleep is one of the key components to successfully coaching and playing high level sport.
I personally have sometimes had trouble sleeping both during the playing days and now coaching so personally really appreciate the kind of information Jaime puts forward.
Some of the causes I feel were:
Concern about others. Worrying about athletes that play for me injuries, performances etc.
Pressure I put on myself to succeed and fear of failing.
Injury and muscle soreness.
Calculating and planning gameplay, seasons and tactics and not able to switch off.
Some of the tactics I have tried to help that I feel work well:
Drink Chamomile tea before bed.
Swisse herbal sleeping tablets.
Sleep spray (you can buy at a supermarket).
Having a notepad to write down any thoughts and worry about them in the morning.
Sleep is often an issue for athletes competing at the National and International level and it is something I often discuss with them. Certainly state teams I coach we openly discuss how to manage off court stress and thoughts during the Nationals week to enhance sleep.
I am looking forward to reading of Jaime Drumm's suggestions, techniques and available services myself.
Over to Jaime....
You’re down 1.
There’s 2 second left on the clock.
No time outs left and your best player stands at the free throw line with two shots.
If anyone was to take these free throws, you couldn’t think of anyone better.
There’s a nervous energy in the air as they step to the stripe and methodically go through their free throw routine.
The first shot is short, hitting the front of the rim. It’s obvious the legs just aren’t there.
You could cut the tension with a knife.
You think to yourself “it’s ok, there’s still a chance to send the game into overtime. “
The crowd erupts in encouragement, then again fall silent.
The second shot goes up...
It misses long, hitting the back of the iron, over compensating for the previous error. The rebounders wrestle for the ball and before you know it, the game is over.
This loss really stings, on the line was a position in the top 4 and at that stage of the tournament anything can happen. Now a top 8 finish is the best you can do.
After the game on the bus ride back to your accommodation, you’re running through the game what the team did well but focusing mostly on the mistakes and things you could have done better.
Not only was the team emotionally flat, they were physically and mentally exhausted. Simple rotations, defensive schemes, and basic tendencies shown in the scout weren’t followed.
But why? Your team is well drilled and disciplined and there was no doubting their effort or desire to win.
“Fatigue makes cowards of us all.”
— Vince Lombardi
Over the last 30 years great strides have been made in many facets of athlete preparation integral to developing a winning game plan