4 Helpful Ways to Bounce Back From a Loss
Losing is a part of any athlete’s life and it can serve as a helpful learning experience if you let it.
Unless you have a spectacular season where your team goes undefeated, you will likely experience loss at least a couple of times. In order to keep losing from becoming a pattern, there are a few things you should do to try to remedy the situation before your next game.
Here are four ways to bounce back from a loss:
1. Identify what mistakes you made
You can’t fix something if you don’t know what is wrong. An important first step to bouncing back from a loss is figuring out what went wrong and where it happened.
There likely will have been entire team mistakes and mistakes by individuals. It’s probable your coach will have told you after the game what you could have done better, but you can always ask again.
Asking yourself, your coaches, and teammates what they think you can improve on will establish that you care enough and want to be better.
2. Identify how you could have prevented these mistakes
A good way to go about this is by sitting down with your coach and watching some game film.
This will help you to see what you could have done differently in each situation that didn’t go your team’s way.
3. Create a new game plan for facing teams that play similarly to the one you lost to
Now that you have seen what works and what you could have done differently, use it to your advantage.
Try these new ideas and implement this plan or at least parts of it in practice so you can see if it is successful or not before attempting to use it in a game.
4. Don’t dwell on the loss
As an athlete it’s important to have a short memory when it comes to losses. We should take them as lessons and move on quickly to prevent us from dwelling on the loss and feeling sorry for ourselves.
While we don’t want to dwell on losing, we also don’t ever want to completely forget the feeling of losing or the reasons we lost.
The terrible feelings that accompany losses have the ability to spark change and will hopefully positively transform your team over the course of the season.