How to Get Pumped Before a Big Sports Game

Some games matter more than others. You might be playing a conference rival. You might be trying to win a championship. These are high stress situations. In these sort of situations, you want to perform your best. This guide helps you prepare.

Steps

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    Identify when the game is going to be. In many cases, you will know ahead of time because of scheduling. This will help you prepare mentally and help you know what sort of planning you need to do in advance.
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    Create a practice and work out schedule with this game in mind. Consider doing additional physical conditioning or practicing certain moves that may help you excel for that game.
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    Inform others about the big game. Ask them to attend the game. If you are in high school, ask your friends to decorate your locker and the lockers of others on your team to help inspire your best performance. If you are living in a dorm at college, ask people to decorate their dorm doors. In general, talk about the game and try to get fans to attend.
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    Do team building activities before the game. Consider tee peeing the houses of your opponents, your coach or your other team members. Go out to eat the dinner with your team mates the night before.
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    Eat well the night before the game. For example, if you are a runner, consider 'carb' (carbohydrate) loading.
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    The night before, get enough sleep (around 8 hours). Lack of sleep can hurt your performance.
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    The night before, try to relax and not stress out over the game. Visualize winning, having fun and enjoying taking down your competition.
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    The night before, prepare your uniform/outfit for the game. Consider washing your uniform if it is dirty. Prepare your bag with any supplies you may need like an extra soccer ball or bottles of water. This way, when you wake up, you do not need to stress out about finding these things.
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    Have music chosen for this game so that you can listen to it on the way to the game and during warm ups to help get you in the mood to win.
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    Plan to arrive to the game early. This way you are not stressed out about showing up late because of traffic, upsetting your coach because you are late, etc.
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    When you get to the game, talk to your team mates and coach to let them know you are there and that you are ready to win.
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    Set aside time before the game starts to visualize winning, to calm down by listening to music, to focus on meeting your objectives for the game.
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    Warm up with the team. If the team is not warming up right, warm up on your own. Make sure you warm up muscle sets relevant to the activity that you are engaging in.
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    Before the game, make loud noises and try to engage the crowd to get them into the game and to cheer for you.

Tips

  • Warm up properly. Failure to do that could lead to injury in the big game and that would suck.
  • Be prepared. Know when and where you are playing. Know how you will get there. Make sure you have everything for the game.
  • Visualize having fun. If you don't then you are prepared to lose.
  • Do whatever you can to get in the other team's head. Picture them crying after the game because they are hurt or even because you beat them so hard.
  • Be aware of the fans. They can help you get into the game by giving you energy.

Warnings

  • Make sure to stretch before a game to make sure you don't hurt anything.
  • Drink lots of water. But don't drink too much, or you can get cramps.
  • Don't try to be the hero playing when you don't feel well. You can end up delaying the game by throwing up or hurt your self more.

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Categories: Sports and Fitness