Each floorball game is a practice game, until you earn your living on it

Stress affects floorball performance

Performance connected stress arousal

The figure above is showing the performance of two equal floorball players (capacity, when they are at their best), the difference is on their stress levels. A players optimal performance might be in the beginning, middle or at the end.

The first line/player will perform well or at his/her best with lower demands and stress level, while player two needs and can play at his/her best with high demands and expectations.
Do you know these curves for your players? Who will perform well in critical situations and who will be at their best with low expectations? These curves are just two examples, you would probably have as many different lines as you have players.

Floorball practices, games and drills

Each floorball game is a practice game, until you earn your living on playing floorball. That’s a quite good attitude to have, to keep the right perspective on things and situations, to try to keep the stress level on an acceptable level.

Floorball – Four steps building up stress or arousal

Connected to personality you can also talk about stress or arousal, how you are, perceive and react on things, will affect the level of stress or arousal.

Stress can be described as a process with four steps that will lead to a particular end.
Step 1 – Environmental demand, competition, new skill etc. (physical and psychological)
Step 2 – Individuals perception of the environmental demands. The perception of the demands will vary between your atheletes (Amount of psychological or physical “threat” perceived)
Step 3 – Response, if your player feel an imbalance between demands and capability, this will create arousal, anxiety, muscle tension, attention changes
Step 4 – Behavior (performance or outcome)

Floorball practices for 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 years old players

Stress occurs when there is a perceived imbalance between physical and psychological demands and the individuals capability to meet the perceived demands. Too high levels of stress will affect your floorball players performance, but there are also research done, showing an increased risk for injuries.

The more important the floorball event/match is, the more stress provoking it will be. Mental training and feedback can be used on each step (1-4) to adjust the level of stress and to help your player to perform at his/her best. Some players need help to lower the “stress level” (step 1-4), when others might need the opposite, meaning they need to be “stressed” up a little bit to perform at their best (step 1-4).

Floorball – Stress level affects focus and attention

Too high or low levels of stress/arousal will affect many areas, one of them is focusing. When you are talking about focusing, you can talk about optimal, broad or narrow focus.

Hockey vs Floorball

Let’s have a look at an example from the UEFA Champions League match between Inter and Bayern Munich.

Level of focus, Attention, arousal, stress, optimal, narrow, broad

1. Optimal attention field , with moderate or optimal arousal. (Lucio is able to see the opportunities for passes, but can also try to get past his opponent)

2. Too broad attention field, as a result of low arousal. (He can hear the crowd and his coach Leonardo, and has the focus on something else than the closest situation), can result in loss of ball possession.

3. Too narrow attention field, due to very high arousal. Limited to one option and it will be hard to perform it well due to too narrow focus (opponents feet) and tension in muscles.

What about the focus or attention in this picture (Bayern Munich defenseman and Inter’s Samuel Eto’o)?
Where focus Samuel Eto'o Inter Bayern Munich Champions League