Five Tips for Athletes on how to Maximise Their Performance
Sharjah Women’s Sports Club’s fencing coach Najwa Abdul Mo’ti shares her take on how athletes can develop a winning attitude in sports as in life
Sharjah, 20 August, 2019:The ultimate goal for coaches is to win games. However, their primary goal is to train athletes into quality sportspersons and human beings.
Sharjah Women’s Sports Club (SWSC) boasts expert coaches in team and individual sports who are ready to help the club’s athletes improve their skills and win highly coveted titles and medals in the local, Arab and international sporting events.
Najwa Abdul Mo’ti, a fencing coach at SWSC, shares five tips on how athletes can maximise their performance and develop a winning attitude in their sport.
Determination and dedication
Mo’ti says that only with passion and purpose can athletes dedicate themselves to any sport and win. It all begins with preparing for the up-coming season and working on the constant improvement of skills.
Highlighting the importance of warming-up before the game, the coach recommends players to stay away from anything that might distract them such as brooding over failed attempts, and instead focus on the battle at hand.
Sportsmanship is one of the most important qualities that players need to imbibe and display. It reflects positively on their performance on court as well in social situations.
Sportsmanship teaches athletes virtues like commitment, responsibility towards their teams, respect for others and maintaining self-control whether they win or lose.
Sport-specific programmes play a key role in conditioning players by strengthening the muscles in specific areas of their body in order to excel in their sport.
For example, fencing requires strengthening of the muscles of arms and legs. This can be done under the supervision of an expert fitness coach to build up the muscles without putting extra pressure on them.
Mo’ti underscores the need to cut back on training on the days before the competition to make sure the body is fully rested before the event. Fencing is a sport that requires flexible and well-stretched muscles rather than muscle building.
The coach recommends players to eat high-carb meals before the competition to optimise their performance during the game, while avoiding meat, legumes and proteins, which take a long time to digest and may cause intestinal disorders. She encourages fencers to refuel with healthy and balanced snacks at least two hours before the game.
Proper sleep routines
The fencing coach highlights the importance of establishing healthy sleep habits by keeping a consistent sleep schedule of no less than eight hours per night, which is the most natural sleep pattern to function at the optimum of one’s intellectual and physical capacities.
Mo’ti says: “Since I moved to the UAE, I have been constantly amazed by the support of Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Wife of His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah and Chairperson of the Sharjah Women’s Sports, who believes that sports reflect the country’s civilisation, and seeks to spread the sports culture and promote women’s sport in the emirate.”
She added: “SWS seeks to facilitate and provide tools, equipment, and sports clothing as per the highest international standards, in addition to professional trainers and coaches, and offers courses and training camps to improve the skills of players. SWS is also committed to follow up on the educational and learning progress of their players who are still studying.”
About Najwa Abdul Mo’ti
Mo’ti started her career at the age of 7 and became a coach at the age of 26. Her parents are fencers. Her 15-year-old son, Mustafa, and 13-year-old daughter, Habibah, too practice fencing and have participated in several local sports events. In the nineties, she won the Arab Fencing Championship and the African Fencing Championships.
She is a Foil, Épée and Sabre fencer and was the coach of Egyptian fencer Alaa Abu Al Qassim, who won a gold medal at the London Olympics. Since joining SWSC, she has been training the junior fencing team. Two players of her team are members in the UAE national fencing team, and participated in an international sporting event.
Established in November 2016, under an Emiri decree issued by His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, SWSC aims to empower national women athletes and develop human capital in the field of women’s sports. It also seeks to create a talented generation of women leaders in sports, encourage women’s participation in different sports, foster a culture of sports and provide a stimulating environment that contributes to advancing women’s sports.