“Tipping the Balance” — when resources outweigh demands

Back in October I attended a fascinating event, hosted by LagomMind in partnership with OpeningUp Cricket, looking at Mental Health in Cricket.

The panel featured Fabian Cowdrey, Dr. Jamie Barker from the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, Loughborough University, and Mark Boyns from OpeningUp.

It was a thought-provoking evening, so much so that it has taken me a while to process everything (and to catch up on some follow-up reading).

My headline learnings on the evening time included:

  • the dangers inherent in the modern belief that the only route to success is via obsession — “the harder I practice, the ‘luckier’ I get”…but finding a balance between obsessive practice and “civilian” life might seem the healthier option;
  • the impact of irrational beliefs on mental well-being — Jamie told the story of a cricketer who fervently believed that he should score 100s whenever he batted, and became extremely upset when dismissed in the 90s;
  • ultimately, the need to trust yourself, and find what works for you.
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Bowling meditation

  • How my legs & feet are moving as I approach the wicket;
  • where back- and front-foot land, and the sensations from the floor;
  • tension between index & middle fingers, spread around the seam;
  • how the bowling arm unfurls from the gather and swings down, then up again, over-the-top or slightly round-arm;
  • the feel of the ball as it is released…

And repeat.

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