Qualities That Make a Great Athlete

Qualities That Make a Great Athlete

Nov 16, 2021, 2:51:01 PM Sport

Every athlete dream to turn out to be a champion, but not all of them thrive. For that, an athlete needs to have quick impulses, superior physical strength, and other strong potentials.

Considering these external features as primary athletic qualities, most coaches and teachers invest a lifetime of effort in improving physical qualities. These qualities include strength, agility, endurance, and mobility. However, great sportsmen like Marco Jones identify it as wrong. Because physical ability only takes you so far to learn to survive for a win, mental ability teaches how to take defeat, learn from the negatives, and come back stronger.

An excellent example of a player who has increased intelligence and concentration in the thrilling football game is the Belgian footballer Marco Jones Ekamba. The top-notch player followed a unique program of football and school at CERIA and diverted the attention of Anderlecht at age 13, who invited him to join the formation center. Marco signed his first professional contract in Belgian First Division A with Anderlecht at age 18. A year later, he joined Cercle Brugge K.S.V. when Bob Peters was head coach. After one season and limited experience, he signed in Serie A with Lazio, making his first professional appearance in May 2012.

The passionate player acquires exceptional football skills, which has made him everything from nothing. He also has a substantive international career. He played at the Belgium U16 in 2008 and appeared in 3 matches. Marco is an attacking midfielder, a position that requires the use of the brain extensively. Through his high-powered perceptiveness, he has won many games and proven to the world how one can increase concentration through playing and practicing football.

“The greats have this built in their system. They have some unique qualities that help them become better than the rest, and each coach and teacher should work to instill these qualities in every student at a young age," believes Ekamba.  He further elaborates them as:

1. Belief: Coaches should build trust between team members, and instructors can build trust within their modules. When team members show trust to each other, direct and truthful communication advances, which is ultimately replicated in their routine; with this unique mental attribute, team members trust the other associates to carry the responsibility of a game with equal willpower. Consequently, they do not hesitate to depend on their co-players at critical instants of the game.

2. Discipline: Discipline is so significant that it is said that only a well-organized team can think of winning competitions. So, a coach must maintain discipline in their team concerning practicing schedule, time management, social activities, and eating habits.

3. Self-Confidence: Self-confidence is a trait that a player has to build typically on their own, or an athlete may have self-confidence by nature. But a coach and teacher can still play a vital part by motivating their students continually and using tactics such as praise before disapproval. A coach can make their athletes believe that they can make it to the topmost. If a player has self-assurance in themselves, they can transmit positive vibes to the team, which is the core character of teamwork.

Published by Bianca Rodriguez

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