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PSYCHOLOGY FOR COACHES:. A PRACTICAL TOOL-KIT Dr Mark Elliott ECPS/Psychology for Coaches. SEMINAR FORMAT. What is Sport Psychology? Why Mental Skills Training (MST)? You and MST. How the brain works. Psychology Tool-Kit. Implementing MST programme.

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psychology for coaches
PSYCHOLOGY FOR COACHES:

A PRACTICAL TOOL-KIT

Dr Mark Elliott

ECPS/Psychology for Coaches

seminar format
SEMINAR FORMAT
  • What is Sport Psychology?
  • Why Mental Skills Training (MST)?
  • You and MST.
  • How the brain works.
  • Psychology Tool-Kit.
  • Implementing MST programme.
  • Burnout….. And I don’t mean just the players!!
  • Open Forum.

ECPS/Psychology for Coaches

remember
REMEMBER

A successful team is a group of many hands but of one mind.

Winners have simply formed the habit of doing things losers don’t like to do.

ECPS/Psychology for Coaches

the what and why of sport psychology
THE WHAT? AND WHY? Of Sport Psychology
  • Sport Science
  • Evidence-based
  • Sharpens competitive edge
  • Talent – Necessary, but not enough}

Hard work – Necessary, but not enough} The ‘Machinery’

Simulation – Necessary, but not enough}

Psychology Skills Training} The ‘Fuel’

  • Peak Performance Formula: PP = C – I

ECPS/Psychology for Coaches

what and why continued
WHAT? And WHY? (Continued)
  • Mental game: Your opinion?
  • Mental Skills Training: the facts
  • Your Role:

To encourage your players towards excellence through assisting them in directing and refining their mental game.

  • Without a Psychology Plan (‘Insurance Plan’):

Some potentially great players will never, ever excel.

  • Psychology Tool-Kit

Before…………. During……… After….. Competitions

ECPS/Psychology for Coaches

you and mst
YOU and MST
  • Many coaches recognize the importance of MST
  • But many fail to act!
  • Why?… You views… “Not in my day”
  • Transferring concepts to concrete training context.
  • No Tool-Kit available
  • How the Brain works.

ECPS/Psychology for Coaches

how your brain works
How your Brain Works
  • Thoughts are reflected physically
  • Thoughts Feelings Action (Pendulum Exercise)
  • The ‘Mental Equivalent’
  • Language of the Lake….. Or don’t say ‘don’t’

ECPS/Psychology for Coaches

psychology tool kit
PSYCHOLOGY TOOL-KIT
  • Goal-setting
  • Pre-game mental preparation
  • Relaxation
  • Belief, self-talk and performance enhancement: winning thoughts
  • Mental rehearsal / visualization
  • Refocusing: methods for managing mistakes
  • Optimising down-time
  • Post-game analysis and evaluation.

ECPS/Psychology for Coaches

implementing mental skills training mst
IMPLEMENTING MENTAL SKILLS TRAINING (MST)
  • Determine your specific goals for MST programme.
  • Steps: (i) Initial orientation

(ii) Players’ initial performance evaluation/review

(iii) Team sessions to learn basic skills

(iv) Individual sessions

(v) Incorporating MST into practice and game plans

(vi) Monitoring progress

(vii) Season-end evaluation.

  • Players to take individual responsibility.
  • Team to take collective responsibility.

ECPS/Psychology for Coaches

burnout beware be very aware
Burnout – Beware…. Be very aware

Factors Creating Stress in Coaches (Kroll, 82)

Factor Frequency

Disrespect from players 47.8%

Not being able to reach players 20.7%

Unappreciated by administrators 14.0%

Incorrect strategy 9.0%

Unappreciated by public 6.5%

Being outcoached 4.0%

Unappreciated by players 3.0%

WHAT’S YOUR VIEW.

ECPS/Psychology for Coaches

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Q & A

Remember:

The will to win is important, but the will to prepare is vital

ECPS/Psychology for Coaches

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