KINE 4520 Lecture Notes - Malcolm Gladwell, Sidney Weinberg, Serena Williams

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KINE 4520 - Sport Psychology SeminarMay 2, 2011
-slides not posted online
-”performance psychology” in coaching, teaching, etc.
-team psychologist should not recommend whether a team should accept a player
based of of psyche bc/ no evidence what psychological potential is because everyone
has life altering experiences that effects them (e.g. becoming a millionaire player - how
will they respond? We dont know. If very disciplined than can predict that will be okay
but dont know. If at 13 we tell a kid you have the potential if great as a kid but others w
competition, performance, potential
potential: ones capacity to develop their skills overtime
e.g. Malcolm Gladwell -- wrote the tipping point, blink, and outliers. Was a great
13 yr old runner setting records and then he lost and quit. 10 years later only 1 of the top
15 ranked athletes for the 1500m in Canada in 1977 made it to the olympics in 1987
(Dave Reid). Where did the other 14 come from. ONe was Consiglio (not very good
when young but great when older).
VIDEO: The Winner Takes It All - each photo in video will be talked about later. Focuses
on emphasis of winning.
-There are 29 other teams that want to win the Stanely Cup but fans get upset when
their team doesnt win.
-”Win to survive-- problems with substance abuse may occur with these athletes even
though they werent before they were athletes because they are stressed out so they
have the need.
-Charles Darwin - its not the strongest the survive, its not the smartes that survive, its
those that adapt to change.
-Commercial joking about sport psychology shows a psychologist verbally attacking the
patient to make him stronger
-Success or failure? - managing our thoughts and emotions. What about the olympic
athletes. The skater who lost her mom during the competition and still went on to
-Sidney Weinberg - bullied in grade 8 - decided to start working. Went to the top floor of
different businesses trying to get a job and noone said yes. Went back to Goldman
Sachs the next day and said that someone had told him to come back for an interview
(lied). He got a jaintor job for $3 a week. He was hired and later became the CEO.
-Air Pilot during crash -- not be a quitter, manage emotions during crash.
Understanding Sport Psychology
-objective is for us to teach athletes to teach themselves. Teach how to avoid problems
rather than solve.
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