There are many things to do in sports which may be difficult to complete and compete successfully at the highest level of competition, but what would you say is the hardest? Some people might think that it’s playing golf, baseball or even soccer but there are definitely some other sports where it’s hard to compete with the best athletes in the world. What is the hardest things to do in sports
Playing against legends
Playing against a legend, especially if they are past their prime, may make you nervous. In the back of your mind, you know that one lapse in concentration can cost your team dearly. For Barcelona striker Jordi Pujol, playing against Diego Maradona was a frightening experience. I never felt more pressure than I did when I was playing against Maradona, Pujol told FOX Sports. He would give me heart palpitations.
One of the most difficult decisions a professional athlete has to make is when they are injured and need to decide if they want to continue playing. In some cases, being forced off due to injury could end an athlete’s career. They might be playing on a team that needs them or their replacements might not be as talented. Additionally, if an athlete finds it difficult after going through a surgery or rehabilitation period and then have another injury, their decision may be easier because they would know how hard it was. All in all, injuries are one of the most common reasons for athletes retiring from professional play.
Getting up after loss
It’s difficult to imagine what you would feel after a big loss. The waves of emotions that washes over you, from feeling crushed and embarrassed by defeat, may make it difficult for you to just pick yourself up and move on. However, if this person doesn’t get back up and continue fighting, then no one else will for them. It can take a tremendous amount of willpower and inner strength but always remember this moment as your most powerful comeback story rather than your most embarrassing fall down.
Defeating world champions
Formula One’s Michael Schumacher holds the record for most Formula One World Championships – seven. In 1991, his first season as a world champion, Schumacher beat Alain Prost who had previously held five consecutive titles from 1985 to 1990.
There are eight other drivers who have been crowned Formula One World Champions more than once: Juan Manuel Fangio (five championships), Lewis Hamilton (four championships), Sebastian Vettel (four championships), Fernando Alonso (two championships), Nelson Piquet Jr. (two championships), Niki Lauda and Alberto Ascari each won two titles, while Graham Hill and Jackie Stewart each won one championship.
Overtaking an opponent who is better than you
When you’re a beginner, overtaking an opponent who is better than you seem like an impossible task. I remember when I first started playing, I had absolutely no idea how to get past someone who was faster and better than me.
You’re only going to improve if you’re willing to play against people who are more skilled than you and allow yourself time to figure out new moves.
And that’s what eventually happens – you discover a move or pass that the other person hasn’t seen before, use it against them and win! If they want to keep up with you, they have to learn the move themselves. It doesn’t matter if they can beat you every single time, as long as they don’t know your strategy and you always come up with something new.
Winning the last game of a series
The pressure of playing a game that decides your fate is probably the toughest pressure that athletes have to endure. The hard thing about it too, is you can’t seem to get it out of your head. Even when I go out with my friends or just try and relax by myself, I’m still worried about the last game. But what can we do? We can’t just not play, we’ve invested too much time into this series to give up now, we need this win for our own sanity. That’s why I always bring some kind of strategy to help me focus on the task at hand. It could be something as simple as turning off my phone so there are no distractions or going through my pre-game routine over and over again in order to calm down enough so that nothing will make me nervous. Whatever it takes to keep focused, right?
Dealing with superstars on your team
Every team needs one or two players that can take over and play brilliantly when the game hangs in the balance. In soccer, for example, these are typically called a Number 10 player: an attacking midfielder who is skilled at setting up plays and scoring goals. But what happens when your Number 10 gets sent off for an ill-advised tackle during a crucial match? Other players on your team might be able to cover some of the other aspects of Number 10’s role, but it’s unlikely they’ll have his creativity and vision. Your most dangerous weapon has been taken away. And now your game plan has been messed up too. That’s why it’s really important not only to have talented players, but also ones that know how to work together as a team
Coming back from injuries
What do you think about when you’re injured? For some athletes, it’s thoughts of worry about if they’ll be able to come back and play their best. They wonder how long it will take for them to get back on the field and how difficult it will be. And those are just some of the injuries that cause anxiety among athletes! Sports can also result in more serious injuries such as concussions or broken bones. A concussion is an injury that occurs from a blow to the head, and a broken bone may occur from a fall or getting hit by another player during an intense game.
Injuries are scary for any athlete but not every injury can’t be avoided.
Just like when I was a kid, one of the most difficult things for me as an adult has been throwing up. In my late teens and early twenties, I developed what is called Sports Dinner Syndrome, which causes painful pain all over my body. Though I don’t throw up on a regular basis anymore, it still hurts whenever I throw up or get too nauseous, and with any stomach flu it just gets worse.
I also struggle with vertigo. Though usually that’s because of ear-related issues, sometimes after spending too much time on my feet or jumping around at a show my head will spin uncontrollably, making it feel like the world won’t stop moving. That has been both awful and wonderful; because I felt sick but had fun at the same time!