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Sports Psychology

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      Sport psychology is an interdisciplinary science that draws on knowledge from the fields of kinesiology and psychology.

      Most competitive athletes credit their successful performances to the use of mental imagery, goal setting, motivation training, and relaxation techniques. The basis behind their strategy is to strive for both intensive physical and mental preparation as the most effective path to achieve superior performances under the intense stress of competition. 

Sports Psychology Tools
      There are fundamental sports psychology tools which help you control your mind and body to give optimum sporting performance. Barbara T. Waite, Ph.D. recommends asking yourself the following question Decide What You Want Out of Sports. The following links may be helpful.

      The following articles and links are presented to provide information about a subject that deserves to be more widely used in all sports and physical activities that children participate in.

Recommended Reading:

JSEP Volume 7, Issue 4, December
A Self-Monitoring Feedback Package for Improving Freestyle Figure Skating Practice
Authors: K. Michelle Hume, Garry Martin, Patricia Gonzalez, Clayton Cracklen, Sheldon Genthon

Abstract
Behavioral coaching techniques consisting of instructions, a self-monitoring checklist, and coach feedback were examined at freestyle practice sessions with three female pre-novice figure skaters.

These techniques were compared to normal coaching procedures for their effects on the frequency of jumps and spins performed, the number of times a skater practiced a routine to music, and the amount of time spent engaging in off-task behaviors during 45 minute free skating sessions.

Within a reversal replication design, the behavioral coaching techniques produced considerable improvement on all dependent measures. Social validation measures indicated that the procedures improved quality of skating and were rated positively by the coach and by two of the three skaters.

The Zone: An Empirical Study  Athletes in flow: A qualitative investigation of flow states in elite figure skaters. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 4(2), 161-180.

A brief description of sport psychology.  Winning, according to some coaches and psychologists, may be as high as 90% mental.  There are relatively few articles that deal directly with the sport of figure skating; however, research into other sports can be used to extrapolate information that can be applied to figure skating. The resources below may be be useful in defeating the internal opponents that reside in everyone.

Sports Psychology Approaches and Tools  Sports Psychology Coaching Sports Psychology Approaches and Tools. 44 Mind -Body Methods To Help You Become More Successful In Your Sport.

A Mental Training System Checklist - Sports Psychology Site contains  a list of some psychological tools you can use to create your own. Bill Cole, MS, MA

References:

PDF SPORTS PSYCHOLOGY Role of Sports Psychology is to enhance the learning a broad range of psychological skills that can play a critical role in learning and in performance.

Role of psychology in sport Performing Mind Sport psychology. The psychology of sports performance, sport psychology, health psychology, exercise psychology, sport psychologist, etc.

Sports Psychology  Sports Psychology: how to "psych yourself up" and use mental preparation for ... be aware of the important role your mind can play in achieving your goals.

Sports Psychology and Performance Enhancement - Sport Sports Psychology and performance enhancement article: first - learn about sport; second - learn game skills because of the importance and relationship to other mental skills.

Competitive Advantage: Sports Psychology and Mental Toughness  Sports psychology can help you avoid the self-esteem damaging mistakes made by well-meaning parents.

PDF Sport psychology has been a growing field The Importance of Sport Psychology in Sports Medicine. Laura Miele-Conlon Ph D. • Treat the athlete both physically and mentally.

Sports psychology: the role of momentum in sports performance Sports psychology: the role of momentum in sports performance. The concept of psychological momentum in sport and ways to trigger, maintain and reverse it.

Australian Psychological Society - Sport and exercise psychology  Sport and exercise psychology has played a significant role in the understanding , training and ultimately the use of mental skills for peak performance.

Resources:

The following internet links have been gleaned from personal communications
combined with information from public institutions and athletic organizations/
associations that have a web presence with information concerning team and
individual sports programs:

  
The Sports Environment
Sports Psychology
PDF  Sports Personality
          Role of Sports Psychology
PDF  Heredity
   

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