Aims & Learning Objectives:
To understand the psychological preparation of the elite sports performer.
On completion of this unit students should be able to:
Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the contribution psychological concepts make to elite performance. Assess the individual needs of an athlete, and make recommendations concerning particular strategies of psychological preparation for their sport. Understand the issues of practice, ethics and professional conduct when working with elite performers.
Psychological demands of the elite performer: Arousal, stress & anxiety of elite performance (theories & research); self-confidence - problems and enhancement; motivational challenges; attention / concentration demands and flexibility.
Mental preparation for performance: Psychological assessment models & tools; stress-management techniques; attention-focus training; development of self-confidence; goal setting with elite performers; intervention packaging and programmes; monitoring & evaluation of techniques. Professional Elements: Issues of practice; codes of ethics & conduct; professional organisations (BASES. BPS).