Mental Health Tools for On and Off the Pole Vault Runway
All you need is one person in your life who says "You've got this, I believe in you" and you'll find the courage and energy to do things that you would not have had before.
I was watching Simon Sinek give an interview on leadership. He talked about unlocking potential and how it doesn't take an army of people to do so. You only need one person who believes in you. What an incredible gift.
I made this band so you could let someone know you believe in them. Every time they see the band they'll be reminded of you.
Or use it as a reminder to believe in yourself! Because you freaking got this!
Besides looking awesome here are three ways to use this band as a tool to vault higher
1. Give it a snap!
As pole vaulters, we get in our heads a lot. After talking to many sports psychologists and mental health experts,keeping the mind and the body in the same place can improve performance.
When you notice your mind in the future or the past, give the band a little snap to bring the mind and body back together, take a deep breath and focus on the sensation for 15-30 seconds. The mind and body work best when they're working together!
2. Switch Wrists
This one comes from Sports Psychology guru Robert Andrews. As athletes, we can be incredibly self-critical. One way to help with negative or critical thoughts is by bringing awareness to these thoughts.
When you notice negative self-talk, switch the band to the other wrist. You might find yourself doing this 100 times on the first day, which is good!
Over time you'll develop more awareness of these thoughts which breaks the stream and lessons the negative chatter. As you can imagine, your performance will improve as you lessen the chatter of the bully in your mind.
A common PTSD technique to help “Get out of your head” when we have big emotions and difficult thoughts that create an internal storm. This can be especially true when moving up poles, competing at big meets, or attempting something you've never done.
The technique is to find 5 things you can see, 4 you can feel, 3 you can hear, 2 you can smell, 1 you can taste. You can use the bands colors, patterns, and textures to help.
Grounding can help calm the storm. It's easier to vault in the sun with a killer tailwind!
Keep your focus and stay on track with this Pole Vault band. Made with a cloth elastic for a comfortable fit. Perfect for pole vaulters of all levels, this bracelet is a great way to show your passion for the sport or to send as a gift.
Suitable for all levels
Sizing - S/M fits 80% of all people.
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