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Mental Skills Training with Track and Field Athletes

Mental Skills Training with Track and Field Athletes

Rossato, Claire ORCID: 0000-0003-0306-5435 and Basevitch, Itay (2018) Mental Skills Training with Track and Field Athletes. In: The 5th International Congress of Exercise and Sport Sciences, Thursday, 7 June 2018, The Academic College at Wingate.

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Often youth athletes have limited funding for sport science support, such as a sport psychologist (Schinke et al, 2012). Therefore, it may be important to equip coaches with some basic psychological skills so that they can work on these with their athletes. As a psychology practitioner working with many track and field youth athletes, a common concern of stress and how this impacts performance before competition is often raised (Raglin & Turner, 1993). It is shown within the literature that pre-performance routines can help aid performance (Jackson, 2003; Cotterill, 2011). Therefore, to help athletes deal with stress before competition, psychology practitioners could help develop pre-performance routines with athletes and coaches so this can be applied within coaching sessions. The following presentation will discuss the literature surrounding the use of mental skills training, e.g. pre-performance routines (Cohn, 1990), imagery (Holmes & Collins, 2001) and self-talk (Hardy et al, 2004), examining how these can be implemented within track and field coaching sessions with athletes.

Item Type: Conference or Conference Paper (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Mental Skill, Sport Psychology, Performance
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Q Science > QP Physiology
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
Last Modified: 22 Nov 2021 11:49

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