Thesis II

Sebastian Harmsen

Teacher: Abby Covert

Since the day this thesis started a lot of things have changed. The topic changed from smart clothing for athletes to improving athletes performance through mind fitness. This is because I was searching for the thesis of my thesis. Now that everything is narrowed down, I need to start investigating in depth what is actually means to understand the mind. There are tons of research on sports psychology, EEG for Athletes, Mind exercises to improve focus and it is just amazing everything that is been done in this area. To make sure I get my point across, I would like to go over some terms that I will be referring to my thesis the way I interpret them. 

Athletes Happiness: A balanced state of mind where the subconscious is free of negative emotions. 

Focus: The athlete's ability to maintain his/her brain in an alert state while competing or training. 

Training: The different types of training the athlete does whether it's physical or mental. 

Visualization: Technique used by sports psychologists to help athletes get their mind in the game and project before competing the exact movements and routines they will be doing while competing. 

Pressure: Mostly referred to mental pressure and how athletes are influenced by it. What are the causes and effects of pressure in an athletes life? 

Subconscious mind: The side of the brain that stores memories and feelings that you are not currently thinking about but that can be triggered by specific moments. 

Breathing: Athletes technique to slow down their heart rate, send oxygen to their muscles and calm down. 

Sports Psychology: A specialized psychologist in sports with the purpose of improving the athlete's performance. "Sports psychology can even help people off the playing field. The same strategies that sports psychologists teach athletes — relaxation techniques, mental rehearsals and cognitive restructuring, for example — are also useful in the workplace and other settings."

EEG: Electroencephalography. Sensors that track your brainwaves. 

Mind-controlled objects. Objects or apps controlled with an EEG sensor with the purpose of exercising the mind. 

Performance: Athletes level of competition

Mind Fitness: How fit is an athlete mentally to support moments of great pressure and perform to his/her best. 

Relationships: Athletes ability to get along with other teammates. 

Social Life: Athletes ability to keep healthy relationships with people outside their sports team. 

High-Performance Athlete. An Athlete who competes. 

Fear and Hate: What athletes feel when they are threatened by another player or team. Commonly confused by saying "I hate that team" when they are actually saying "I am afraid of this team because they might actually beat us."

Anxiety and Depression: Most common symptoms in athletes who can't handle the pressure of competition and don't have much support outside the team. These athletes dedicate 100% of their time to their sport, isolating them.