In addition to the departure of coach Luís Castro, individual, collective, physical and unknown problems, an important reason for Botafogo’s fall in the second round are emotional factors, loss of confidence, lack of mental control to face the fear of not being champion after achieve a broad advantage.
In football, because of the uncertainties and so many factors involved in the teams’ performance and results, emotional events, in origin and consequence, are quite frequent in a match. “You are not machines, you are men.” (Charles Chaplin)
You cannot set rules for human reactions, especially those of athletes and teams. Santos lost 7-1 to Inter, didn’t give up and is close to not being relegated. What happens with Botafogo is a wide mix of reasons and surprising situations. Chance doesn’t support any team. It happens.
Bragantino, faced with the chance to be leaders, played a terrible game in the defeat to São Paulo. The emotional pressure to win must have also entered the field. Due to technical failures and the panic of returning to the second division, Cruzeiro scores very few goals. This Saturday (11), they will face Coritiba.
Anxiety, present in all human beings, is an emotional reaction, an undefined discomfort in the face of a real, imaginary or unconscious danger. Often, the discomfort is transferred to the body, causing psychosomatic symptoms. The body speaks.
Anxiety up to certain limits is good for athletes. There is an increase in hormones and other chemical substances that improve concentration and increase physical capacity and muscle strength. If the tension is exaggerated and uncontrollable, the body does not obey the brain’s control, which can lead to awkward mistakes and even apathy and paralysis, which is often confused with disinterest. Physical and mental fatigue go together.
One of the dangers of excessive anxiety is the violence that often decides matches. Athletes lose control between natural aggression and violence. The correct expulsion of the Boca Juniors player when the team had one more player to play extra time contributed to Fluminense winning the Libertadores.
Most athletes learn to use anxiety to improve performance. When I was anxious, I slept less and functioned better. The football player knows that there is exaggerated tension in the first minutes of a decisive dispute and that it usually passes. On the other hand, if a sprinter is tense, he will lose the race at the start, as there will be no recovery time.
Depression, a common illness, was hidden by athletes as if it were a mental failure. This has decreased. High-performance athletes have expressed and addressed their problems, concerned about their mental health, not just their achievements.
Athletes often create routines, habits, before matches, out of superstition, because they think that repetition leads to victory and to relieve tension before competitions. Pelé, upon arriving at the dressing room, lay down, stretched his legs and closed his eyes. Nobody could bother him. Did he meditate or sleep and dream about the wonderful goals he would score?
They say that the room where swimmers are concentrated, silent, waiting for the start of the gold medal match at the Olympics, is called the room of death. Whoever loses dies. Sport is life, pleasure.
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