Damage to the surrounding nerves along with new metal hardware now holding together the vertebrae above and below the injured area caused a communications disruption between Manning’s brain and that well-trained right arm. The result was a future Hall of Fame quarterback having to relearn how to throw a football.
This highlights a couple important points when it comes to young athletes performance. When an athlete has to focus on "beating" the opponent, they have to focus on their own performance and the performance of the opposition. However, as stated in the article, when focusing on only their past performances and striving to improve on them, the athlete understands that everything is in their own control, and they do not have to worry about the performance of someone else. For encouragement in young athletes I believe this it especially important to focus on improving themselves as opposed to simply winning because that competitive spirit does not fully come to fruition until later in their athletic careers anyways. With focusing on self-improvement they will be better positioned to win in the future as well. This in essence is a win-win scenario and will increase the confidence of a young athlete under positive circumstances.
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This time lag between incoming visual stimuli, motion planning in the brain and activation of the muscles, known as sensorimotor delay, is common throughout sports. Think about a goalkeeper moving to stop a hockey puck or soccer ball; a tennis player returning a blistering serve; or a receiver adjusting to the flight of a football. Their eyes tell them the speed and path of the object they need to intercept, then their brain instructs the body to move in the predicted path to arrive just in time.
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