Sunday, January 12, 2014

The "Inverted U" and Hitting

Many of you may have heard of the “Inverted U of energy.” Some call it the “Inverted U of success.”
As you can see from the diagram below, as emotion (or energy) rises, success increases. However, when one is over-emotional or over-energetic, performance suffers. On a graph, this creates the “inverted U.”

We talk about the “Inverted U” with our hitters all the time. It’s a simple reminder to be focused without being intense. “Tense” and success are two words that do not function well together in hitting. We all know this, sure, but SHOWING our visually-stimulated players how and why is often as important as telling them.
Check out this cool video from Sports Science during the World Series.

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