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U. THE NATIONAL COLLEGE NEWSPAPER 23

Sports 'shrink' teaches team:
Vwinning mixes mind with muscle
By Kent Endacott have started using it. Nebrask,
Daily Nebraskan among the first.
U. of Nebraska, Lincoln "It's like weight training; it's like
Even the huddles reflect Coach Tom rition; it's kind of an adjunct," Oshb
Osborne's attention to detail. They're saing for an edge."
crisp and rehearsed. The center picks a Ravizza developed a visualiza
sspot ahout 10 yards ehind the line of technique to program players to
scrimmage. coed. He meets with players individ
The quarterback says, "ready," a sig- ly and shows the player a videotap
for the team to forget everything but himself playing in a recent game.
e play about to be called. The player uses his imaginatioi
"The key is to let go and move on. see himself playing. If he missed a b
Take it one play at a time," wide receiv- on a play in an earlier game, he ma
er Rod Smith said. the block. If he dropped a pass, it bec
The "ready" signal is one of the tech- es a touchdown reception. A miv
niques the Nebraska players have tackle is transformed into a sack.
learned from sports psychologist Ken
Ravizza. "The mind does not distingnishr
Ravizza prefers to call what he does ity from imagination," he said. "The
"mental toughness training." He said formation is processed in a sim
ry player makes bad plays. way.
"We try to get the players to recognize Defensive tackle Tim Rother s
when they're not in control of them- "It's like practicing without getting r
selves mentally," he said. "Sometimes Richard Bell, a wingback, also p
t's because they're too aroused, some- tices the imagery technique.
imes it's because they're not aroused "On plays where we made a mist
enough." we correct them," Bell said. "Whe
Sports psychology is popular in pro- visualized the play, I even ran a li
essional sports, but only a few of the faster. If I didn't think it helped, I
ore prominent college football teams finitely wouldn't do it."

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