Psychological skills training is an important area for coaches and athletes to develop competence in. While much of the coach’s time is spent in developing physical, technical and tactical components of an athlete’s performance, psychological skills contribute greatly to overall athlete performance. Coaches need to ensure that they spend time with athletes to develop a range of mental skills to assist performance.
Key concepts covered in this course:
- Understanding self image
- Controlled and uncontrolled variables that affect performance
- Techniques to keep athletes motivated
- Setting long term and short term goals
- Physiological processes that affect arousal and performance