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Elite Judoka athlete: Reflecting on psychological support leading up to Rio 2016

Elite Judoka athlete: Reflecting on psychological support leading up to Rio 2016

Rossato, Claire ORCID: 0000-0003-0306-5435 (2017) Elite Judoka athlete: Reflecting on psychological support leading up to Rio 2016. In: "Fighting the stereotypes: working in martial arts and combat sports" - The 2017 ISSP 14th World Congress of Sport Psychology, July 10-14, 2017, Faculty of Education Sciences, University of Seville, Spain. (Unpublished)

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Some athletes and teams thrive in the Olympic arena and attain peak performances, while others with similar talent and preparation under-perform (Fletcher & Wagstaff, 2009). In addition, the application of mental skills in sports is linked with the development and maintenance of expert performance (Orlick, 2000). In particular several psychological variables have been linked with enhanced performance within martial arts, for example self-talk (Ferrai, 1999), concentration strategies (Williams & Elliott, 1999); anxiety control (Taylor, 1996) and imagery (Weinberg, Seabourne & Jackson, 1981). The purpose of this presentation is to examine and explore my experiences of working within combat sport leading up to the Rio 2016 Olympics. In this instance, professional judgment and decision making are important constructs to evaluate regarding the effectiveness of applied practice (Martindale & Collins, 2007). A Pre-Performance Routine (PPR) was adopted to help the athlete focus upon performance. The PPR included reframing (Meyers, Whelan & Murphy 1996) and self-talk interventions (Hardy, Gammage, & Hall, 2001). These were adopted in order to aid in improved performance (Mesagno, Marchant & Morris, 2008). Evaluation instruments such as a performance profile (Butler & Hardy, 1992) were adopted to assess the impact of psychological interventions alongside regular psychological consultations. Evaluating applied practice should exam quality of support, psychological skills and athlete’s response to support and performance (Anderson, Miles, Mahoney & Robinson, 2002); these areas will be discussed throughout.

Item Type: Conference or Conference Paper (Paper)
Additional Information: The International Society of Sport Psychology (ISSP)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Performance, Judoka, Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > School of Human Sciences (HUM)
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > Institute for Lifecourse Development > Centre for Exercise Activity and Rehabilitation
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