Self-knowledge in the mental preparation of the boxer

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Self-knowledge in the mental preparation of the boxer
Self-knowledge in the mental preparation of the boxer. Photo: Majo Gómez

Self-discovery is the process of identifying and understanding the strengths, areas of improvement, attitudes, habits, values, beliefs, thought patterns, personality traits and affective states that are characteristic to each individual.

This process of self-discovery involves not only the individual knowing of oneself, but also knowing how others perceive us to be able to differentiate ourselves from others.

In other words, this process is the first step for the individual to develop a positive self-esteem, assume responsibility for his own actions and decisions, achieve their goals, and overcome difficulties and defeats.

Evidently, in all sports disciplines it is important for the athlete to work on his self-knowledge in order to have mastery of his abilities and skills at the time of a competition.

In combat sports such as boxing, self-knowledge has a more significant importance, because at the moment of the slightest doubt the boxer will not only consider the opponent invincible, but the opponent may also perceive the insecurity and take advantage in the fight.

Self-knowledge allows the boxer to direct his quality physical and mental preparation in terms of identification, understanding, development, and improvement of: 1) self-resources; 2) self-image; 3) areas of increase; 4) physical and mental conditions; and 5) tactical reasoning.

All this, to be able to study his opponent from a real point of view, with confidence and not from insecurity, to face him and beat him, maintaining dynamism, speed, precision, self-control of his impulses, control of his emotions, and making the right decision when the fight comes, to take advantage of the opportunities in the search for better conditions and success.

In short, boxing is a discipline that can promote the functional development of the athlete as a biopsychosocial being, in terms of health, regulation of behavior and emotions, and moral and relational formation.

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