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We marvel at the steely nerves, acute concentration, and flawless execution exhibited on the 18th green, at the free-throw line, in the starting blocks, and on the balance beam. While state-of-the-art training regimens have extended athletes'physical boundaries, more and more coaches are realizing the importance of sport psychology in taking athletic performance to new levels. Tomorrow's record-breaking accomplishments will not be the result of athletes'training harder physically, but of athletes'training smarter mentally.Sport Psychology for Coachesprovides information that coaches need to help athletes build mental toughness and achieve excellencein sport and in life. As a coach, you'll gain a big-picture perspective on the mental side of sport by examining how athletes act, think, and feel when they practice and compete. You'll learn to use such mental tools as goal setting, imagery, relaxation, energization, and self-talk to help your athletes build mental training programs. You'll also see how assisting your athletes in developing mental skills such as motivation, energy management, focus, stress management, and self-confidence leads to increased enjoyment, improved life skills, and enhanced performance. And you'll discover how to put it all together into mental plans and mental skills training programs that allow your athletes to attain and maintain a mind-set that fosters peak performance.The easy-to-follow format of the text includes learning objectives that introduce each chapter, sidebars illustrating sport-specific applications of key concepts and principles, chapter summaries organized by content and sequence, key terms, chapter review questions, a comprehensive glossary, and other useful resources to help readers implement mental training programs for athletes.Written primarily for high school coaches, Sport Psychology for Coachesis a practical, easy-to-use resource reflecting the two authors'combined 45 years of teaching, coaching, researching, and consulting experience. It reflects principles that are not only consistent with the latest theory and research, but have stood the test of time and worked for coaches and athletes in all sports at all levels. You'll come away from Sport Psychology for Coacheswith a greater understanding and appreciation for sport psychology and the practical knowledge you need to put it to work for you and your athletes.Sport Psychology for Coachesserves as the text for the American Sport Education Program Silver Level course, Sport Psychology for Coaches.
Damon Burton is a professor of sport psychology at the University of Idaho and has taught undergraduate and graduate applied sport psychology courses since 1983.
Table of Contents
|ASEP Silver Level Series Preface|
|Creating a Solid Foundation|
|Developing a Positive Coaching Philosophy|
|Understanding Competition and Using It Constructively|
|What Is Communication?|
|Sending Effective Messages|
|Conflicts and Confrontations|
|Introduction to Mental Skills Training|
|Psychological Factors and Performance Excellence|
|Does MST Work?|
|The MST Approach|
|Roadblocks and Myths Surrounding MST|
|Developing Mental Training Tools|
|What Are Goals and Why Use Them?|
|Characteristics of Effective Goals|
|Making Goals Work: The Goal Implementation Process|
|Developing Athletes' Goal-Setting Skills|
|What Is Imagery?|
|Factors Influencing the Effectiveness of Imagery|
|Using Imagery Effectively|
|Developing an Imagery Training Program|
|Relaxation and Energization|
|What Is Relaxation?|
|What Is Energization?|
|Developing Athletes' Relaxation and Energization Skills|
|What Is Self-Talk?|
|How Self-Talk Works|
|Positive Versus Negative Thinking|
|Developing Athletes' Smart-Talk Skills|
|Enhancing Mental Skills|
|What Is Motivation?|
|Athletes' Needs and Intrinsic Motivation|
|Impact of Rewards|
|Handling Success and Failure|
|Creating a Mastery-Oriented Motivational Atmosphere|
|Understanding Energy Management|
|How Does Arousal Affect Performance?|
|Why Underarousal and Overarousal Impair Performance|
|Determining Optimal Energy Zones|
|Mental Side of Arousal|
|Developing Athletes' Energy Management Skills|
|Sustaining Focus: Concentration|
|Implementing an Attentional Skills Program|
|Developing Athletes' Stress Management Skills|
|Developing Team Confidence|
|Developing and Maintaining Self-Confidence During Competition|
|Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: Confidence Booster or Deflator?|
|Developing Athletes' Self-Confidence|
|Final Thoughts: Developing Ultimate Confidence|
|Integrating Mental Training Tools and Skills|
|Understanding Mental Plans|
|Types of Mental Plans|
|Role of Triggers, Releases, and Cue Words|
|Developing Mental Plans|
|Developing Athletes' Mental Toughness Skills|
|Mental Skills Training Programs|
|Components of Effective MST Programs|
|Implementing a Basic MST Program|
|Answers to Review Questions|
|Relaxation and Energization Scripts|
|Test of Performance Strategies|
|References and Resources|
|About the Authors|
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