Remo Stars Football Club (RSFC) today held a seminar on the importance of Sports Psychology for the players as they prepare for the 2021/22 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season.
The meeting held at the Remo Stars Stadium, Ikenne-Remo, Ogun State had in attendance players and officials of the club as as they were taken through the course by seasoned psychologist, Coach Kehinde Adeyemi who is a Football Psychologist and Director of Sports at the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye, Ogun State.
Coach Adeyemi disclosed that the seminar was focused on how different aspects of competition affect a player or team’s overall mental health, while the well-being of the athlete is also the ultimate aim.
He also notified that Sports Psychology promotes mental toughness to optimize athletes’ achievement in every of their day to day sporting activities.
Speaking with RSFC Media, Kehinde Adeyemi noted that there are two basic trainings a player must undergo before they perform at their best, which are physical and mental trainings.
“The Coaches handle the physical trainings while the mental training is handled by the psychologist and you cannot see the best of these players unless they are physically and mentally ready.”
“Even when you have a player that is ninety percent ready, and not mentally ready, you cannot see the best of this player. That’s to tell you that most of the Nigerian players are still in Nigeria not because they are not good enough but it’s basically because they aren’t ready mentally.”
“You don’t see the best of these players until they get to Europe because majority of them are not mentally stable, they only go to the field to showcase their physical readiness and it usually doesn’t bring out their best.”
“The truth is that we are yet to see the best of Remo Stars’ players, we will work more on their psyche in ensuring that they bring out their best on and off the field and I am very confident that we will see the best of these players once the season commences.” Kehinde Adeyemi.
Captain of Remo Stars, Nduka Junior appreciated the Psychologist, the Management and the Coaches for bringing up a seminar of that kind which would help the players know more about Sports Psychology.