There is so much of competition in the present world, where athletes are required to be in fine shape, whatever the form of competition. Mr Singh said, “Indians are required to undergo functional training”. Functional training is a kind of training where the athletes strengthen that particular muscle, which would be helpful in their sport. For instance, sprinters and high jump athletes need to strengthen their quadriceps (front thigh muscle) to enhance their performance.
India does not have a rich culture of sports psychologists. How many names can one recall? Not one. But, sports psychologists play a very important role in a sportsperson’s career and the respective authorities need to take care of it. “We have very few psychologists who accompany athletes”, said Mr Singh. Sports psychologists can help the athlete in understanding various things, which neither the athlete himself nor his coach would be able to figure out. It is at this juncture sports psychologists like Ms kapur would be handy. She said, “Physiological factors have been ruling Indian sports. They lack motivation and are not ambitious enough”.
It is an irony that India houses Asia’s largest Sports institute in Patiala, which is popularly known as NIS, Patiala. In spite of this, we do not produce any quality athlete, who is worthy enough to be called a champion. The institute offers best facilities for athletes. Still, there are no results to bring upon glory to the institute and the country. “Some coaches follow old training methods. There is a serious need for trainers and coaches to upgrade themselves, if they want to win medals in major competitions”, said Mr Singh, who has been in this profession for 10 years.
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