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Why Vinicius Jr Used A Sports Psychologist To Help Unlock His Game

Raj explains Vinicius Jr’s pre-season consultation with a sports psychology and why it may be the key to his early season success

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Brazilian winger Vinicius Jr has continued his scintillating start to the season by already surpassing his goal and assist output from last season, under-lied by a noticeable shift in his confidence, decisiveness, and clarity of decision-making all over the pitch but particularly in the final-third.

According to Jose Luis Sanchez of El Chiringuito, Vinicius began working with a sports psychologist prior to the season. In the following video, I explained why that change could be a key to Vinicius Jr’s early success in the season (make sure to click through to YouTube as La Liga doesn’t allow any videos with footage to be posted on other sites):

If the game vs Mallorca is any continued indication, Vini and this Real Madrid side are on their way to cooking La Liga if they can find their defensive structure and balance.

Dr. Rajpal Brar, DPT has a doctorate in physical therapy from Northern Arizona University, and runs his own in-person and online sports medicine and performance business, 3CB Performance, in West LA and Valencia, CA in which he further combines his movement expertise and fitness training. He also works at a hospital — giving him experience with patients in the immediate healthcare setting and neurological patients (post stroke, post brain injury) — and has been practicing for 4 years. Brar is additionally training at UCLA’s mindful awareness research center (MARC), has a background in youth football coaching and analyzes Los Blancos from a medical, skills, and fitness perspective for Managing Madrid and on his own YouTube Channel. You can follow him on Twitter at @3cbPerformance.

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