Mind toughness is among the skills athletes should learn, said sports psychologist Yuanita Nasution during Friday's Women in Sport talk show.
"Mind training should be part of the overall training program along with physical and tactical training. It's not like medicine. You look for a remedy when you're sick. We have to learn to be confident and focused," Yuanita said.
She added that an athlete could put their best ability in the competition with good confidence and focus.
Member of the Women in Sport Commission, Selly Selowati, a former national swimmer, said the sport psychologist had an essential role in an athlete's performance.
"When I was an athlete, there were no sports psychologists in the team. So, we usually talked to our chaperone if we had any problems. Today, we need to apply sports science and psychology in all sports. In my opinion, the mind holds 80 percent of our capability in the game," she said.
Some sports have been applying sports psychology for years. The Badminton Association of Indonesia (PBSI) hired Singgih D. Gunarsa and Saparinah Sadli as psychologists for Thomas and Uber Cup team back in 1967. The Football Association of Indonesia (PSSI) had Jo A.A. Rumeser as team psychologist in the 1980s.
After the talk show, the event continued with online pilates class with Shinta. The event is fully supported by Perusahaan Gas Negara.