How To Get Over A Mental Block For Snowboarding


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!

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Reader Comments

  1. Jet Black Storm

    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

  2. Jet Black Storm

    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

  3. Lucifer Morningstar

    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 😘

  4. Nick

    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

  5. Meg.R_NZ

    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

  6. Iso Carlander

    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

  7. Mark Houghton

    All that is fine but I have a manual job and I'm self-employed. I don't mind crashing but I won't want to injure myself because that might mean I'd not be able to work and no work = no money.

  8. Niek Van wensen

    I’m afraid of boardslides since I fell forwards when the rail wasn’t icy but totally dry so it didn’t slide. Now I always think I either won’t slide enough or slide too fast cuz I think I won’t slide. Anyone got tips

  9. Christopher James

    I still have a fear of speed as I think I’m going tumble over all the time and crash into things, I’m intermediate after 3 years well 3 weeks of full snowboarding. Any advice on picking up more speed so I can carv/turn more ?

  10. Tom Gång

    Don't be afraid of falling, be more afraid of never falling. If you ride a week without getting hurt, it means you have stayed in your comfort zone and not pushed your limits.

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