Team peak performance and resilience : the success factors in the Dalkurd model of mental training using speedcoaching, hypnosis and a prestigeless development algorithm
The Dalkurd model of mental training was introduced by hypnotherapist and coach Ulf Sandström in mid-season for the Dalkurd FF team in Borlänge, Sweden. Following the first session the team played 31 games undefeated and continue to climb.
The model combines classic mental training in the form of mental toughness and relaxed muscle efficiency through mental relaxation with a team strategy of resilience that allows the team to pass through any losses and bounce back into a state of optimal performance where a critical mass can stay in the zone.
- To do so a number of team strategies were developed and accepted by all members to handle the pitfalls of prestige and creating a community map with a vision every player can stand behind personally regardless of skills and personal differences in motivation. The full cooperation of the trainer at the time, Andreas Brännström, was an important factor for the implementation together will a natural trust between the team and the mental trainer.
- To maintain a flexible inside-out empowerment a nunber of existing liaisons were identified and serve as a core unit for strategies, morale and identifying additional needs. This team had continuous support over mail and skype, minimizing the presence of the trainer, creating a sense of empowerment.
- To guarantee each players chances of maintaining full focus in each training and game, and in sport-work-relational balance a system of speedcoaching was made available for the whole team.
- Optimal states – definition and anchoring
- Mental training basics
- Understanding the zone
- Resilience – bounding back into the zone
- Mutual Vision – the vital self-programming map
- Focusing on training the lowest level, not the highest
- Understanding basics of the nervous system in sports and physical activities
- Fast-techniques for reseting team spirit