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Below we are going to discuss 3 ways that you can beat pre game nerves. I hope this can help you all.

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1)- So this isn’t just going to help you with pre game nerves, this will help you with nerves in any athletic setting whether that is a college camp, practice etc. So the first thing I want to discuss is doing your job. Often times nerves come from overthinking. You are worried about the crowd, the other players, the “pressure” etc. All of that is an illusion. It’s not real, it’s there but that shouldn’t be on your mind. The sole thing on your mind should be your job. And that’s what you should be working all week/off season for. Doing your job. Let’s use a WR for example. His job is to run the right route and catch the ball. Simple. Obviously there are other things that tie into his job, but each play that’s the only thing on your mind. This will quiet your mind and you slowly start to lose those nerves. The game will slow down and I wish this is something I knew earlier in my career. 

2)- Having a next play mentality. Nerves also come from the fear of failure. Failure is inevitable. Michael Jordan, Tom Brady, Jerry Rice etc. have all failed a countless number of times. Those guys probably weren’t very nervous before each game. Because they didn’t let the outcome of a play dictate the way the felt. If you are constantly letting your emotions be affected by the results of your actions, you are gonna be on a roller coaster for the entire 4 quarters. And that creates a lot of anxiety. If you throw an INT as a QB or drop a pass as a WR, good. Learn from it. Then move on. Don’t dwell on it and keep it on your mind, that will just cause you to play slow and try to avoid failure. You cannot do that. If you throw a TD or catch a jump ball TD, good. Be excited for a moment, then move onto the next play and what your job is. To avoid nerves, you need to control your emotions and plan for those emotional situations before the game even starts. 

3)- Do the work. A lot of guys fail to prepare. They go into a game so nervous because they don’t know what to expect. I don’t know about all of you, but I like knowing the answers to the test. So I would watch countless hours of film, go over my plays, go over my assignments etc. until I was blue in the face. So when I went into a game I just wanted to get it over with because I was so sick of watching that teams film. That’s how you need to prepare. Failing to prepare is preparing to fail. 

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