How does psychology affect your dart game?
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How does psychology affect your dart game?
How can psychology affect a player’s dart game? One word…dartitis. Yes, that nervousness that keeps a player from releasing a dart at the optimal time. As in life, psychology exists in sports—whether we’re aware of it, or not. Although these negative psychological effects are usually subconscious, the good news is that people are often able to find a way to recover from them.
Dartitis related to psychology?
So, dartitis is a nervousness that occurs when a player is unable to release a dart at the best moment while throwing. Some players have stated that the dart feels heavy as they’re throwing it. Sometimes the player locks up and can’t release the dart at all. Because dartitis occurs suddenly, it oftentimes affects a player in the middle of a game.
So, what’s the connection to psychology? Well, one definition of psychology is the scientific study of the mind and behaviors. But there’s another definition of psychology that explains its relation to dartitis a bit better—the emotional and mental factors that regulate a situation or action. So the mind and emotions are controlling the player’s ability to take action and throw the dart.
Psychology affects the mental game
So a player can’t seem to release the dart when he wants to. Or he is unable to release it at all. There doesn’t seem to be an explanation as to what he is experiencing. His thoughts start to betray him and he starts to almost obsess about his inability to release the dart. He starts thinking that he might not even hit the board. He’s lost trust in himself and is losing all confidence in his play. Chances are he’s a perfectionist, so his problem begins to get even worse.
There is a real fear of the playing the game. The player will usually find he has trouble with his focus. He’ll most likely begin to get nervous playing and practicing in front of others. Some players think that dartitis will only affect them during competitions, but find that when using the practice board, it’s still a problem.
The mind impacts the body
It’s essential to remember that a player’s mental state determines how he will perceive things, and how he’ll react
towards them. So now that the mind is involved, the body begins to betray him. His hand, arm, shoulder, and even back may be involved. One of those areas may lock up when he’s trying to throw. As we already know, players suffering from dartitis are unable to release the dart at the right time, or are unable to release it at all. He may shake and sweat uncontrollably, and he no longer has that smooth stroke he worked so long and hard to get.
Initially it’s easy to see why players think dartitis is only physical. It reveals itself as a physical problem; a mental block or psychological issue doesn’t even cross many people’s minds. Why would it? Players assume that they’ve injured their hand, elbow, shoulder, or back. In some cases that’s true. But a psychological block of some kind is usually the main problem with dartitis; and this will need to be overcome. A mental block can debilitate a player just as much as a physical injury.
The mind and body will need to be retrained. Visualization helps some. Concentrating on, and controlling breathing may work. Quieting the mind is the priority. Working with a sports psychologist helps many get back on track. Whether done alone, or with the help of a professional, the more work put in, the more likely it will be a short-term problem as opposed to a long-term or reoccurring problem.
There is hope
Many ask if dartitis can be cured
. Some have found a way to cure it for good. Others experience it more than once in their lives. Both amateurs and pros can become afflicted. One of the best ways to learn about dartitis, and how it can be overcome, is to communicate with others who’ve had dartitis.
The player needs to remember to not give up. Nobody is born a dart player, throwing had to be learned at some point in life. Even though this is a different situation, he can relearn how to throw. Some people actually become even better players than before. Players often put too much pressure on themselves. However, it will take time retraining mentally and physically. But recovery can be achieved!