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Body Language

"It’s very tough,” Moses said of maintaining good body language. "Anybody — I don’t care if it’s Michael Jordan — if you’re missing shots, it’s going to affect your mindset. But to not show it and to stay positive so your teammates who are making shots will continue ... that separates the good players from the great players.” Marshall Moses, point guard


Aristotle said that man is a "social animal" and a "linguistic animal." This convention is so anchored in our perception that it is hard to believe when psychologists claim that 90% of our communication is not verbal at all.

The meaning of this fact is simple - we communicate and transmit many messages, without uttering a word. Chazal (the old Talmudic sages) said that life and death are in the hands of the tongue, but as soon as we realize that 90% of our communication is nonverbal, we must also be aware of the messages we convey in our nonverbal communication and how they affect those around us.

How do athletes get better?

Players learn to pass, kick, shoot, attack, stop, change direction, close running lines and many other skills. As they improve these skills, they become better and more effective in the game. They improve these skills for two reasons:

  1. Psychological understanding - Understanding the effect of particular skill on their play creates the motivation to work hard and improve

2. Physical practice - they work hard and thus improve

Nonverbal communication in sports

If the psychologists are not mistaken and 90% of our communication is indeed nonverbal, why not apply the method of sports improvement even in relation to nonverbal communication? After all, this is a critical skill for the team's strength, which also affects the field during the game, during timeouts or breaks, in the dressing room and in training. The use of nonverbal communication in the group takes place at each meeting of the team players and throughout the encounter. The responsibility of the players and coaches is also, and perhaps first and foremost, to be aware of themselves and learn to communicate in a positive way.