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Kinesiology 1088A/B
Bob Larose

Psychological Skill Training (PST) – chapter 11 Definition: the systematic and consistent practice of mental or psychological skills Psychological skills can be learned but must be practiced and integrated into your training routine - Psychological factors account for most day-to-day fluctuations in performance Myths - Psychological skills are “innate” (they can’t be learned) - Only for “problem” athletes - Only effective for “elite” athletes - Provide “quick fix” solutions - Not useful – “hocus pocus” Components of any systematic training process 1) Education – learn the nature and basis of the skill and understand how it influences performance 2) Acquisition – structured training program to develop skills and techniques 3) Practice – integrate skill development into practice and competitive situations Helps make the sporting experience fun and helps met everybody’s needs PST Program Who? - Sport psychology consultant - Coach – there everyday When? - Pre-season or off-season - 3 to 6 months duration - Ongoing process integrated into practice Needs Assessment - Evaluate strengths and weaknesses - Oral interview and psych inventories - Performance profiling - Examples – pg. 253-255 What? - Which skills to include - Scheduling - Evaluation and follow-up Problems - Lack of conviction -
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