• Kate Allgood

How to improve decision making in sports through meditation

Sports and Meditation

Using meditation is a powerful tool for any athlete for a multitude of reasons. Today I wanted to go over how it can help with decision making in sports. First, it is important to understand that there are different brain waves, each associated with a different form of consciousness. They are Delta, Theta, Alpha, Beta, and Gamma. We know that when we meditate we drop into a theta brain wave, this is important because when we drop into the zone or flow state we are at a high theta, and low alpha brain wave. So first meditation can help us with getting into the zone or flow state.

Second, it is important to understand that we have two different types of decision making. Which are the explicit and implicit. The explicit is rule based, can be expressed verbally and tied to conscious thought. The implicit is our gut or instinct decision making. When we are in the zone or flow state we are able to tap more into the implicit decision making style which is where we want to be, because it allows for quicker, and more accurate decisions. So given that during sports being in the implicit decision making system is preferable and being able to tap into the zone is a way to do so, which can be easier to do if we meditate due to the similar brain waves. Thus, meditating can ultimately help us make better decisions while playing sports.