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Our U14 team in the NB1 became a silver medalist - the side of success in sports psychology

It is a pride and joy for our academy that after the U14 team made it to NB1 last year, it finished second place this year at upper level. Development is indisputable, but what has sports psychology added?

Consistency between psychologist and coach
At the age of U14, I primarily worked as a psychologist, and I also occasionally supported the work of head coach Kikity Mario as an assistant coach. It meant a lot that my colleague accepted my advice from the very first moment and we took the age group as an equal partner. Mario was in charge of the professional part of football and I was in charge of mental development.

The role of training, authenticity
First of all, we have stated that we do not have a starting team, everyone will be given the opportunity to play based on their training work. We kept to ourselves for this throughout the season, so the players were given an adequate amount of playing opportunities as individuals, proving their abilities. There were also surprises when a beginner player suddenly found herself on the bench while a less talented player who had previously been booked as a substitution got a place in the starting eleven. In course of time, the players understood, everyone is equally valuable within the team, there is no exception. As a result, the guys became more and more united, they started to trust each other, which was seen in the team's performance as well.

Rules, choice of captain and targets
We had the opportunity to go to training camp during the summer and winter preparing season. In the meantime, we have created the rules for all of us throughout the season. What is allowed and what is not allowed in the dressing room, in training, during team trips, during matches or out of the field. We elected the team's five-member organization, including the captain and two deputies who were responsible for complying with the rules as well. Finally, everyone set their own goals and we set team goals together. Halfway through the season, we discussed the rules and goals again, which we felt was necessary, we changed.

In addition to conscious work, we also organized joint programs for the guys, in the picture there is congestion for the finished goulash.

Responsibility group activities, handling physical and mental workloads
We met the boys 28 times in connection with the Responsibility Development Training Program. In addition to developing a sense of responsibility at the individual, team and club level, we discussed the problems that are currently emerging, constantly monitoring the operation of the team. Mario also took part in these occasions, so psychologist and coach took the group together. In addition, we held team building programs and activities on a monthly basis. Hamburgers, pizzas, cooking, birthday celebrations, crazy jumps, bathing, filming, watching matches were among the programs.

At our academy, these were the primary guidelines for sports psychology that were part of this beautiful success. Of course, the application of the principles of the sports profession, the physical, technical and tactical preparation was also an essential part of the success. Thanks to the professional leaders of the academy, our trainer colleagues, the health staff and the open and loving parents. Without parental support, this result would have remained a dream, but it became a reality. However, the biggest thanks go to the players who were partners in this creating process at the beginning of their teens.

It is the result of the sacrificial work of a player, a professional and a parent

A report film was also made about the Responsibility group sessions, which can be viewed at this link: (Novum, broadcast on 18.05.2015 MediaClick

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Vienna Test System, a modern computer test system for measuring the psychic functions of athletes

We have increasingly modern measurement tools available to test the psychic functions of athletes, including the Vienna Test System. The question is, what mental functions can be measured with this system?

The long-term sustained attention shows how long an athlete can concentrate and what periods of time during a competition when their focus is sharp or their attention is decreasing.
The game intelligence, peripheral perception and exploration of spatial-visual memory support the selection of the right position for team sports. Often, a well-chosen position can improve an athlete’s performance in a fierce competitive situation.
The stress tolerance shows how well a competitor can perform under pressure, which is the basis for proper athletic performance. Based on the results obtained, it is also possible to set the individual optimal level of arousal.
These tests can be available from the age of 11, supporting the selection process. Another benefit is that athletes, parents and coaches can also get feedback on areas for development.
In addition, the Vienna Test System is suitable for further measurements from the age of 15, anticipációs képességeket including anticipation skills (reading of the game) and personality traits. As the athletes get older, we can get an increasingly complex picture of their mental capacity with the help of the Vienna Test System.

Lecture on the examination of the psychic functions of youth footballers at this year's Hungarian Sports Science Congress

As a psychologist, I have been working with the Vienna Test System for three years. In the course of my practical work, I have examined the mental functions of more than 300 athletes so far, giving feedback to athletes, parents and coaches alike. I recently reported on my Vienna Test System research with adolescent footballers at the Hungarian Sports Science Congress. Measurements are possible in Budapest and Szeged, among others, appointments can be made by calling + 36706329643.

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