This blog was written by Bernardo Oliveira, offering insight into his life as an elite archer with the Brazilian national team during the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably heard that archery is a mental sport. But what does that actually mean – and do you work on your mental game as much as you think you should?

I’m constantly asking myself the same question – and it’s okay if the answer is ‘no’.

I’m also fortunate enough to work with a sports psychologist who assists me with my mental game. But there are still ways to improve if you don’t have access to that kind of support. Practising imagery is within everyone’s reach.

Several months ago, World Archery held an online summit for athletes. One of the discussion topics was focused on imagery and led by one of the finest people I’ve met on the international circuit, Guy Matzkin. 

It was awesome hearing Guy, a sports psychologist and the coach of the Israeli archery team, talk about the science behind visualisation and how it can be applied with greater efficiency to archery. Make sure to visit World Archery’s YouTube channel and watch it. 

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