What does psychology have to do with football? For Kenneth Furlough, the answer is “a lot.” A fourth-year psychology major and wide receiver on the Georgetown football team, Kenneth can tell you something about the psychology needed to perform well on the sports field, as well as in life. “There’s executive management of attention, stress management, and the neuroplasticity involved in practicing plays. You have to imagine them mentally and practice focus.” A pre-med minor, Kenneth plans to be a neurosurgeon.
“Picture this,” he says. “A play lasts for six seconds, but you’re getting hit, tackled, and confused. You have 300-pound guys running at you. In those six seconds, you have to think about the play you’re running, the different signals and strategies for that play, the quarterback’s cadence, and the crowd reaction, all at once.”
“The key,” he adds, “is to stay focused.”
Source: Georgetown.edu | Zachary Warren