Psychology of an Athlete

Psychological Breakdown of an Athlete

I am sure by now you have all heard about the incident on the soccer field involving the player from New Mexico. I want to add to this story so encase you haven’t heard the full story, here is an excerpt found on Yahoo:

Vilified New Mexico soccer player breaks her silence

By Chris Chase

The New Mexico soccer player whose dirty play in a conference tournament game became a national news sensation two weeks ago has finally broken her silence. Elizabeth Lambert granted an interview to The New York Times in which she apologized for her various violent actions against BYU opponents, which included hair pulling, punching, elbowing and kicking. The clip, which was featured on news programs nationwide and viewed over six million times on YouTube, turned Lambert into a national villain. But she says it’s all a misunderstanding:

“I look at it and I’m like, ‘That is not me,’. I have so much regret. I can’t believe I did that.

I think the way the video came out, it did make me look like a monster. That’s not the type of player I am. I’m not just out there trying to hurt players. That’s taking away from the beauty of the game. And I would never want to do that.”

The video makes Lambert look like a monster because she’s acting like a monster. It isn’t camera tricks or selective editing; she did those things and it’s not the camera’s fault she did.

Also, the “that’s not me” defense is acceptable when the incident in question is isolated, but it doesn’t work when the actions are repeated throughout a whole half of soccer. It’s not like Lambert just threw a kidney punch after getting nudged in the stomach with an elbow. She did that, plus the hair yank, plus the tripping, plus trying to take out another player’s legs. Lambert might not think she’s that “type of player,” but the video suggests otherwise.

The junior was deluged with calls and letters after the video went viral. Some of those were threats, but others came from men who wanted to ask her out. She was disgusted by both. In the interview, she tried to analyze why her actions became so infamous:

“I definitely feel because I am a female it did bring about a lot more attention than if a male were to do it. It’s more expected for men to go out there and be rough. The female, we’re still looked at as, Oh, we kick the ball around and score a goal. But it’s not. We train very hard to reach the highest level we can get to. The physical aspect has maybe increased over the years. I’m not saying it’s for the bad or it’s been too overly aggressive. It’s a game. Sports are physical.”

Lambert is probably correct in her belief that her actions got more attention because of her … (read the rest of the article here)

My take on the matter is that this is a situation of an athlete getting frustrated. This frustration came from not being as “physically athletic” as her opponent. This situation happens a lot and can be prevented by continually improving one’s strength, power, speed, agility, reaction and confidence. At Champion’s QUEST, because our athletes are managed on a year round basis, we can continually develop these previously mentioned attributes of athleticism. Don’t let your athlete be under prepared! If you want your athlete to develop to their full athletic potential. Go HERE to learn more about the Champion’s QUEST Athlete Academy Program.


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