Reframing in sports


Not everything is going well on the court or even before the game – but good players have learned to cope with many different situations. One technique many good athletes take advantage of is that of reframing.

Reframing comes from English and means “to give a new frame”. In sports psychology, this refers to the technique of re-evaluating a subjectively negative perceived situation (“giving a new frame”) in which it is interpreted more positively. This reveals new (previously perhaps not apparent) opportunities, but can also have a direct impact on one’s own well-being and thus on performance. A typical example from the training that comes to mind immediately is the complaining of a player about the long and exhausting badminton nets  training: “I’m broken, I can not play well.” The thoughts would be significantly cheaper: “I’m broken, as in the Third set in the final of the tournament victory – if I try now to bring good performance, that’s easier for me in case of cases. “

 Below are several statements – an example statement to clarify the whole thing again and 6 exercises statement – here you can practice on examples of how different situation to “reframe” are – possible triggers will be there with the next newsletter.

Example statement:

 But today is bad weather, I wanted to play football – such a crap.

 Reframing the statement:

 Well, half so wild – then I can finally clean up my room and watch the movie,

I wanted to see for a long time.




Cool – playing football on the grass in the snow, that’s what I’ve always wanted to do – that’s definitely great!

 Exercise 1: “The glass is half empty.”

 Exercise 2: “The audience always clap only for my opponent, while I make more points.”

 Exercise 3: “The ball is broken – in the middle of the rally – how should I properly train there.”

Exercise 4: “18:18 and just now my racquet rips!”

 Exercise 5: “The referee is from the opposing national association, but support my opponent.”

 Exercise 6: “Everyone knows that Bayern is favorites, Hamburg have no chance.”

Have fun practicing!