Mind Over Sports

Momentum: is there such a thing in sports?

Posted on: August 22, 2007

We all know what momentum is. An example would be a train going down a steep incline and continues to pick up speed and go faster and faster. But there’s a big difference between a train and a sports team. For starters, a train doesn’t have a belief system. A train doesn’t have issues in its life. A train doesn’t have to worry about team chemistry. In short: A train isn’t human. I really don’t believe there is any such thing as momentum when it comes to a sports team. Every game a team plays is new, and whether or not the team will be successful in one specific game depends on many different factors going into each game: team chemistry, baggage being carried around by team players, negativity on the team, how coaches interact with their players. Even one negative person on a team can influence the chemistry of an entire team and affect the outcome of a game. It’s similar to a crap table in Las Vegas. When everyone is hitting numbers and everyone is winning, and everyone is whooping it up and hollering happily, all it takes is for one player at the crap table to get into an argument with the croupier and presto!..just that quick, the table becomes cold and everyone begins losing. So from my perspective there really isn’t such a thing as momentum when it comes to sports competition since every game is new and different. The real issue is what’s going on behind the scenes with the coach and his or her team. When a team is successful in consecutive games, it’s a sign that they have the talent to be successful at their level of competition and that everything is going well behind the scenes with that team. Players are feeling good about themselves and their lives are in harmony. And of course, teams are often helped by problems being experienced by opposing teams. I’ve always maintained that teams lose games more than teams win games.

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