Dr. Sadaqat Ali talks about Stress management and performance in cricket


butnIn this video Dr Sadaqat Ali speaks about Stress management and performance in cricket. Dr Sadaqat Ali is a renowned addiction psychiatrist and project director of Willing Ways Pakistan 

Dr. Sadaqat Ali suggests some valuable and practical solutions of stress management that can contribute to winning performance for the cricket players. Certain amount of stress is healthy to increase the performance; however an excess has a negative affect.

He also explained the role of amygdala brain. It is a part of brain that regulates emotions and directly involves in stress. This part of brain operates on “ON and OFF” principal. But prolonged stress causes amygdala to stay “ON” which decreases the ability to involve in higher mental processes (decision making, problem solving and reasoning). Dr. Sadaqat believes that cricket players are mentally very strong and can learn to control their stress. In Cricket, players need to be calm so they can make good decision and at same time they have to utilize their energy for better motor coordination. In this game, balance between amygdala brain and thinking process is important.   

Players can reduce anxiety and overwhelming thoughts by just focusing on ball, rather focusing on score-board. During play, they can use mindfulness, focus on just here and now and live in present moment. Before important matches, walk can be more beneficial than tough physical exercises, sugar intake can be reduced, proper rest and sleep can also be very helpful. Projection of no-win situation in mind only contributes to more stress. Though players can imagine their success, it actually boosts self esteem and even leads to success.
Dr. Sadaqat Ali , a graduate from Dow Medical College, Karachi is a renowned professional in the field of addiction psychiatry. He has a background of getting trained at “HAZELDEN” and “Vital Smarts”, USA. Dr. Sadaqat Ali is the Project Director of Willing Ways Pakistan, and Sadaqat Clinic (pvt.) Limited. He is a sought after speaker who promotes new scientific solutions for persistent and profound problems. Dr. Sadaqat’s name was included in the international Who’s Who directory of professionals which was the first ever distinction of any Pakistani doctor. The print and electronic media have interviewed him extensively. He appears frequently on national TV channels expressing his views on drug addiction, alcoholism, compulsive gambling, suicide prevention and home runaways. He loves to train people on how to intervene if a family member indulges in self-destructive behaviors. He is running a number of national facilities. Willing ways for outdoor and Sadaqat Clinic for indoor treatment of addiction and alcoholism.

Willing Ways Pakistan is an accredited center of excellence in the field of drug treatment and counseling. We have a history, while we started our operations in 1979 when Pakistan was suddenly hard hit by heroin epidemic. We bravely took the responsibility of making public aware that addiction is very much treatable at any stage and today we stand proud being the trusted leaders in the field of addiction treatment. We have our clientele not only in Pakistan but across the borders as well including UK, USA, Middle East and Europe.

At Willing Ways Pakistan the clients are treated scientifically – the secret of our long lasting standing in the field of addiction and counseling. We keep our team and our program up to date with the latest advancements while helping our clients through extensive, specialized and client centered treatment program. These programs are not only patient focused but an extensive work is done with family through what we call counseling for change. The major purpose of this program is to bring peace and serenity in the lives of those who have been suffering in silence, because of a family member’s addictive behavior. We equip families with a set of vital behaviors to produce results.

The programs are uniquely tailored to meet the needs of the patient which eventually help them reach their ultimate goal of a serene life. Our organization comprises of a highly competent team that holds striking credentials and is not only well trained but also carries extensive know – how. We are a unique team of clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, Addiction counselors and Medical specialists involved in research and education, and who collaborate with each other within the institute to ensure our clients receive the best possible care.

We are leading the battle to conquer the disease in all of its forms through cutting-edge research and innovative approaches. Our mission is to prevent, treat and manage addiction for a world free of this illness and its complications.