Nowadays physical performance is a fundamental component for reaching high levels in every sport, and even more so in football. More and more athletes study in detail how to improve and integrate all the necessary activities into their weekly routine in order to achieve maximum results.
The demonstration of the effectiveness of this method is now clear, and the examples are ever more glaring. In the past, this way of working was purely American—Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant and many others are the greatest examples of that era. In Europe now, this practice is increasingly widespread and the names are high-profile like the American ones, from Cristiano Ronaldo to Kantè to Douglas Costa to many others.
Furthermore, if we analyze training methodology more deeply, we see that not only is the physical part trained but also the mental side is treated with the utmost attention.
The mental part is clearly one of the factors that influences performance to the maximum—probably the key factor for a successful performance. More and more athletes have embraced the training of this part using techniques like breathing exercises, meditation and focusing and visualization.
Moreover, other factors that must be taken care of are flexibility, injury prevention and of course nutrition, because the car cannot move properly without petrol.
So the biggest question is: If the best athletes in the world follow all of these practices, why shouldn’t an athlete who aspires to the maximum from his career? And above all how can he consider fighting against more and better prepared athletes and getting a good result? What’s your opinion?