Jose Visconti is a 70-year-old Psychologist who works at the Argentinian Olympic Federation and treats over 170 athletes. He stated many interesting facts, but that at the end of the day, it's up to every athlete to do what they are supposed to be doing. He broke the interview into four parts, visualization, routine, positive talk and personal goals.
The first part was Visualization. Athletes have to go into a meditative state before every training session and every competition. Which falls into the second category of routine. The idea of the visualization exercise is to close your eyes, put some soft music on and visualize the things you have to do. So for example, if you are a race driver, imagine the track, every corner, every turn, every shift, and walk your mind through everything you will be doing in that track that day. So when you go out there, the actions are imprinted in your subconscious. You are not thinking about it. “If I tell you to show how you eat soup and how you carry the soup from the plate to your mouth and I say DON'T SPILL because you've never thought about this, you might spill, but when your subconscious takes over, it does it perfectly,” says Jose Visconti. Athletes performance works the same way. If they think about it, they fuck up, its when their subconscious takes over that they can take it to the next level.
“The routine is extremely important. Doing the same routine every day means your subconscious will kick in in competition day and control your body without the athlete thinking about what he/she is doing and driving on autopilot”. Jose Visconti says.
Then comes the Positive Talk which is talking in a positive way to your subconscious. This way unconsciously you have positive feedback which makes you confident and happy, producing endorphins, which in the long run give you more energy and motivation for your training. It also helps you relax and go over things in your mind, technique, position, speed, power, and go over your practice. Finally your personal goals. Jose Visconti said “Not goals of winning the gold medal, but personal goals like beat your record, or get every track time run under 1.054 minutes, personal goals that will help you get motivated as an athlete. It applies to training and competition”.
These four areas of exploration are crucial to finding the next space of attack. Where I will see what the most significant issues are and try to approach them and find a design solution or product solution to improve this issue in the athlete's life.