Can Meditation Help With Basketball? | Basketball Psychology
Before you roll your eyes and click out of this article…
Give this topic a chance.
In my last year of learning mindfulness and meditation and pairing it with basketball workouts, I can’t cover the impact of it’s benefits in this one post.
It’s something you really need to experience for yourself.
After about a week of simply sitting down for ten minutes and observing what was going through my mind, I went to my workouts with an increased level of focus.
Think of Kobe Bryant when he gets into his mamba mindset.
Maybe not to that degree of confidence and focus, but maybe that can paint a picture of how to develop a similar mindset.
Meditation will increase mood, mental clarity, energy, and focus, which are all major factors in the quality of your workouts and output in games.
Next time you go to an open gym, a workout, or a game, try out some of these tactics before you leave.
1) Find a comfortable position.
This doesn’t have to be a cross legged Yoda position on a hard floor. You can just sit in a chair with your feet on the floor and your hands interlocked.
2) Focus on your breath
Spend the first couple minutes just breathing 3 seconds in through your nose and 3 out of your mouth. If your mind starts to wander that’s okay. Just calmly bring your attention back to the rhythm of your breath.
3) Observe what your mind is thinking
You might start to get frustrated and feel like quitting when your mind wanders and you lose track of your breath. This is okay, the point of mindfulness meditation is to have the skill of being aware of whats going in and out of your head. Take note of whatever it is you’re thinking and accept it.
In America today, meditation is still viewed as a hippy, magical, BS practice that isn’t taken seriously.
Most masters of there crafts in America today talk about the benefits of mediation, and it’s starting to spread to the general public.
During your workouts or games, take the same breathing techniques in mediation in the middle of performing.
Controlling your breath will provide more focus and help with fatigue and engagement.
Keep an open mind and give it a try, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised ;-)
See you in the gym,
- Josh Umby Basketball