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Kinesiology
Course
Kinesiology 1088A/B
Professor
Prof
Semester
Winter

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Psychological Skills Training (PST) October 19, 2011 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 PST Programs 1. Education Phase  learn the nature and basis of the skill and understand how it influences performance 2. Acquisition Phase  structure training program to develop skills and techniques 3. Practice Phase  Integrate skill development into practice and competitive settings Process helps make the sporting experience fun and helps meets everyone’s needs PST Program Who?  Sport Psychology Consultant  Coach When?  Pre-season or off-season  3-6 month duration  Ongoing process integrated into practices Needs Assessment  Evaluate strengths and weaknesses  Oral in
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