Nutritional knowledge is one of the factors needed to establish proper eating habits, and it is important to optimize athletic performance for any athlete, especially the elite ones.
Interview with Rocío Pomares, head of High-Performance Psychology
of Barcelona Football Club
“Motivation is what leads you to action. It’s the driving force.
The irruption of COVID-19 in football resulted in the suspension of the Spanish league (LaLiga Santander) and a lockdown for many weeks. Consequently, football players’ daily routines were completely affected.
The football world evolves rapidly. Methodologies that were useful yesterday, aren’t useful today. This forces the coaching staff to be constantly learning.
Rocio Pomares, head of High-Performance Psychology of Barcelona Football Club, reflects on the psychological factors that affect sports performance and which are the most valued by Barça.
In team sports, the game is possible only if we count on our teammates, if you can achieve high levels of interaction with them and the commitment to an inevitable team participation that should transform the individual meaning of winning. So, the collective culture of the game emerges where the interpersonal relationships are confirmed, identifying different communication codes and emotional links with the team members.
One of the great dilemmas the coach faces in a highly demanding context is distinguishing between the needs of match-by-match performance and those of a team’s general learning. Australian motor performance specialist Derek Panchuk, former NBA player, in an article titled “What a good learning environment looks like?” has tried to find a theoretical middle ground for these contingencies that arise both in the short term (performance) and in the long term (learning) and in whose equilibrium is a virtue.
The correct planning of a strength training program involves the manipulation of variables such as the selection and order of exercise execution, volume, frequency and intensity of the training, speed of movement, and the rest between sets.
Training load is one of the most critical factors in the sports field since it depends on whether we achieve the desired adaptations. The training load is divided by external or internal load, the first being the work completed by the athlete (e.g., distance, number of sprints, etc.). The second, the physiological or psychological response (e.g., heart rate, lactate levels, perceived exertion) imposed by the external load.