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2 Psychological Skills Training Can you learn this stuff?

3 The Need Seconds pour away. Agony. Elvis Grbac screams to his teammates. They scream back. The crowd screams louder. Static rushes through Grbacs helmet. It is fourth down. Two yards to go. Seconds pour away. (Elvis Grbacs baptism of fire vs. the Denver Broncos, 1998)

4 The Situation Kansas City trails Denver by 4 points Fourth down and 2 yard to go for a first down 34 seconds left in the game Ball on Denvers 20 yard line No time-outs remaining Speaker in helmet not working (cant hear the play from the sidelines)

5 The Result Grbac calls his own play Goes for a pass into the endzone Receiver is double- covered and the pass is batted down Kansas City loses

6 What Should He Have Done? ?

7 The Answer is... Pull out your cell phone and call Dr. Lidstone!!!!

8 Psychological Skills Training Psychological interventions and programs are effective in enhancing athletic performance

9 The Evidence Almost all professional tennis players say they use some form of psychological strategy to enhance performance Higher ranked players use them more Successful members of the 1996 U.S. Olympic team trained together more, enjoyed crowd support, enjoyed family and friend support, adhered to mental preparation plans, and enjoyed high levels of attentional focus and commitment

10 Skills vs. Methods Psychological Skills: Learned or innate characteristics of the athlete that make it possible or even likely that he or she will succeed in sport (e.g. intrinsic motivation, self-confidence, attentional control, arousal control, anxiety control)

11 Skills vs. Methods Psychological Methods: Strategies, techniques or practices that lead to the development of psychological skills (e.g. goal setting, imagery, progressive relaxation, meditation, self-talk, hypnosis)

12 Measuring Psychological Skills Psychological Skills Inventory for Sports (PSIS-5) – Mahoney et. al (1987) Athletic Coping Skills Inventory (ACSI- 28) – Smith et. al (1995) Test of Performance Strategies (TOPS) – Thomas et. al (1999)

13 Psychological Skills Inventory for Sports 45 item inventory Measures anxiety control, concentration, confidence, mental preparation, motivation, and team orientation Has demonstrated the ability to discriminate among different levels of skilled performers

14 Athletic Coping Skills Inventory 28-item inventory Coping with adversity, peaking under pressure, goal setting/mental preparation, concentration, freedom from worry, confidence and achievement motivation, coachability Modest predictor of hitting and pitching performance among professional baseball players

15 Test of Performance Stragegies 64-item inventory Measures a combination of skills and methods in 2 strategic situations 1. Competitive situation: Self-talk, emotional control, automaticity, goal setting, imagery, activation, negative thinking, relaxation 2. Practice situation: Self-talk, emotional control, automaticity, goal setting, imagery, activation, attentional control, relaxation

16 Format of a Psychological Skills Training Program (PSTP) Phase 1: Who is the client? Phase 2: Initial meeting with athlete(s) Phase 3: Education of the sport psychologist relative to the activity Phase 4: Development of a needs assessment plan

17 Format of a Psychological Skills Training Program (PSTP) Phase 5: Determine psychological skills methods and strategies to be taught Phase 6: Actual teaching and learning of selected psychological methods Phase 7: On-going and end-of-season evaluation of PSTP

18 Enhancing Athletic Performance through Sport Psychology: A Case Study Jim Lidstone, Ed.D Georgia College & State University Simon Earnshaw, M.Ed. Armstrong Atlantic State University

19 What is Sport Psychology? Sport psychology is a science in which the principles of psychology are applied in a sport setting. These principles are often applied to enhance performance. However, the true sport psychologist is interested in much more than performance enhancement and sees sport as a vehicle for human enrichment. Cox (1994)

20 Performance Enhancement vs. Human Enrichment Performance Enhancement Attention (concentration) Anxiety Arousal Aggression/assertiveness Team cohesion Human Enrichment Personality Anxiety management Arousal adjustment Self-esteem Self-confidence Causal attribution Leadership

21 Sport Psychology Intervention Assessment Diagnosis Prescription Intervention Evaluation

22 The Four Cs Consistency Confidence Concentration Composure

23 Assessment Interviews - Coach - Player(s) Paper & Pencil Tests - Personality Traits - Emotional States Observation

24 Paper & Pencil Instruments - Trait InstrumentVariable(s) Assessed Sport Orientation QuestionnaireCompetitiveness Win Orientation Goal Orientation Sport Competition QuestionnaireCompetitive Trait Anxiety Trait Sport Confidence InventoryTrait Sport Confidence Test of Attentional & InterpersonalAttentional Focus (6 Stylesubscales)

25 Paper & Pencil Instruments - State InstrumentVariable(s) Assessed Competitive State AnxietyCognitive State Anxiety Inventory - 2Somatic State Anxiety Self-Confidence State Sport Confidence InventoryState Sport Confidence Profile of Mood StatesTension, Depression, Anger, Vigor, Fatigue, Confusion

26 Concentration

27 Concentration - Individual

28 Pre-Competition Mood State

29 POMS - Individual Assessment

30 Composure

31 Confidence

32 Sport Orientation

33 Conclusions from Assessment Higher than normal anxiety Lower than normal self-confidence Self-handicapping behaviors No peer leadership Negative attitude of coaches

34 Intervention Strategies Coaches agreed to be more positive Players engaged in goal setting Players agreed to adhere to team rules Coaches communicated more with players Coaches set lineup in advance of meets Players accepted lineup and roles within the team Players targeted for confidence, concentration and/or composure training

35 Concluding Comments The project has helped me to modify my coaching style somewhat. I tend to be a little hard-core and expect the players to always show up ready to run through walls if necessary. This attitude is not prevalent among the players and so other coaching techniques are required for them to achieve their potentials. They require more motivation, patience, and positive feedback rather than being challenged or confronted. As a coach, I need to remain more optimistic, complimentary and supportive toward the players. The extra work on their mental games should help them respond in a more positive manner which has already begun to show with their pre-season conditioning program.

36 The End Sometimes it works

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