Having a mental block is tough and it
happens to the best of us. A mental block in snowboarding is when our brain
and body have trouble overcoming the performance of a trick causing us to
freeze up mid feature or not try it at all. Knowing how to train your brain and
being able to overcome these fears will be a huge step in the progression of your
snowboarding. When feeling nervous or unsure about trying a new trick, practice
visualizing every step and motion you’ll be going through before stomping your
landing. You should be able to visualize yourself practicing from your own point
of view, as if you’re actually snowboarding. This involves picturing
the approach to the feature, the initiation, the landing and riding away
clean. While you are visualizing every motion of the trick, talk yourself
through the mechanics, either in your head or out loud. This could be something
like “Turn your shoulders, now bend your knees, now pop off the rail with both
feet!” Sometimes counting out loud can also
help to ease the nerves and help with the flow and visualization of the trick.
Committing to the trick and feature is the most important factor in order to
get over a mental block. After you can visualize every motion of the trick you
need to be able to mentally commit to it, start to finish. Sometimes in the middle
of a trick you may get scared, freeze and end up falling. Committing means that
even though you may get nervous when you’re in the middle, of say a rail, you
continue to visualize the landing and follow through with the steps. This is
why visualizing the trick properly before, will become handy and make
committing feel natural. Tell yourself positive things about yourself and your
snowboarding. Tell yourself that you actually can do this trick and that you
have the skills and talent to land it. It will help you get stoked about trying
something new and will give you self reassurance and confidence. This is a
great way to turn the nerves into positive energy. When having a mental
block, it also helps have a friend give you encouragement and also a safety net
to know that you’re not alone. A mental block can also be caused by nerves of
people watching you. Do not be embarrassed or nervous that you’re gonna
fall, you’re a badass just for trying any trick in the park in the first place and
everyone knows that! Falling is gonna happen especially when learning
something new. Know that falling is normal and happens to everyone. Every
time you fall you will learn something new and know what not to do next time.
Repetition and practice is the only way to progress in snowboarding and falling is
a part of that. When trying to overcome a mental block
remember to visualize, commit and be confident in your ability to stomp the
trick. I’m Natalie Sagar from Snowboard Addiction and our goal is to improve
your riding!

How To Get Over A Mental Block For Snowboarding
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31 thoughts on “How To Get Over A Mental Block For Snowboarding

  • April 30, 2018 at 9:27 pm
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    how is this girl so beautiful? I came for the snowboard but fell in love

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  • April 30, 2018 at 9:52 pm
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    JOOON YESSS

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  • May 1, 2018 at 1:09 am
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    I saw the cover and started screaming “SAMMM TUFTTT”

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  • May 1, 2018 at 1:29 am
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    Are you taking applications for marriage

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  • May 1, 2018 at 3:32 am
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    Been tryin to find answers to this for ages. More on this please SA! Great stuff

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  • May 1, 2018 at 4:31 am
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    Does she have an Instagram I'm asking for a friend?

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  • May 1, 2018 at 4:49 am
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    Thanks for the video. As someone who always mess up on the rotation whenever jibbing, this is a good tip

    From an attractive looking snowboarder

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  • May 1, 2018 at 4:52 am
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    Btw my friends won’t, in a million years, give me motivation. They’d pull out their phones and say “crash cam”

    But I still love them

    Sometimes

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  • May 1, 2018 at 5:47 am
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    #NatalieSagarVideoPart2018

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  • May 1, 2018 at 5:52 am
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    Will you marry me at the base of mammoth mountain ? 🌹

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  • May 1, 2018 at 3:09 pm
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    I chug a few cold ones and hit the bigger park jumps fearless

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  • May 1, 2018 at 7:18 pm
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    Brava e Bella….Ciao from italy.

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  • May 2, 2018 at 8:55 pm
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    This is spooky! I was literally just talking to someone about getting over my mental block of popping off of a kicker which I’ve not been able to do due to nerves and this video pops up after watching Snowboard Pro Camps latest video.

    This is so helpful! I will try this out next weekend when I go to the snowdome’s freestyle weekend where I’ll be trying to pop off the kicker successfully!

    Thanks so much for the great advice and great video 😘

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  • May 6, 2018 at 9:10 pm
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    Pretty girl!

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  • May 9, 2018 at 5:35 pm
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    good video

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  • May 17, 2018 at 10:31 pm
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    Oh man, I had this so bad for 3 weeks last winter. Glad I got over it eventually, I think riding different types of terrain helped

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  • July 14, 2018 at 10:57 pm
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    I notice my biggest problem is that I start unconsciously holding my breath lol. I try to spend a few minutes doing steady deep breaths which helps my body relax

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  • August 14, 2018 at 10:59 am
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    I would try any trick she asked me to 😍

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  • August 16, 2018 at 6:15 pm
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    Guys she’s gay. Relax

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  • September 24, 2018 at 5:53 pm
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    i have been afraid of jumping since i broke my wrist, and I broke it pretty badly. It wasn't even a big jump it was medium size or pretty small but i still messed up my arm. That day I got enlightened that snowboarding can be dangerous even if you don't make very big jumps and ever since I have had a big block. I think this video will be able to help me

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  • October 12, 2018 at 4:11 pm
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    Cutie alert! =]

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  • October 12, 2018 at 4:13 pm
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    1:29 this is big, I find watching other peoples pov footy helps me a lot and ameks me want to try new tricks

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  • October 30, 2018 at 10:39 pm
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    drink vodka before the run and no mental block anymore

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  • November 21, 2018 at 11:06 pm
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    and lastly…. SEND IT ahahaha (joking aside great tips)

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  • December 28, 2018 at 1:46 am
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    lol, i broke my bone during a snowboard trip. Now i can't even do a toe turn.

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  • January 6, 2019 at 9:00 pm
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    cute

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  • January 22, 2019 at 10:52 am
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    So true and replicable in other areas in life

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  • January 26, 2019 at 10:43 am
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    smoking weed ?

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  • February 19, 2019 at 4:42 pm
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    I’m so much more confident going into a feature if I say a mantra. I copied helldor’s: nice and loose

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  • March 7, 2019 at 10:07 pm
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    This helped a lot I finally hit the big jump line at my park

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  • April 14, 2019 at 11:02 am
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    Great snowboarding tips for sure but I wanna fuck you so bad now.

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