Sports Psychology

Mental Preparation

Mental preparation for sport

Mental preparation relates to how the athlete gets in the right frame of mind for optimum performance and includes management of stress, mental rehearsal, and visualisation. Stress & Anxiety The aim of this lesson is to understand what stress and anxiety are and how they are measured (Equivalent to UK A Level Physical Education). Stress …

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Skill Acquisition

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Skill acquisition is the area of sports psychology concerned with how athletes learn and retain new skills. This includes defining abilities and skills, theories of learning, motor programs, and schema theory. Having a good understanding of how the mind works and people learn can help improve your own sports performance, especially learning new techniques as …

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Stress Management In Sport

Stress management in sport

The aim of stress management in sport is to learn methods that can be used to help athletes to control stress and anxiety. Learning to cope with stress and anxiety is vital to an athlete who has to perform in high-pressure situations. The ability to control these feelings of nervousness and apprehension is vital to perform …

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Leadership & Sports Psychology

Leadership in sport

The aim of this lesson is to learn about the characteristics of strong leaders and the types of leadership styles. Leadership involves personal relationships, setting examples, the motivation of the team and encouragement of individuals. Leadership Qualities The trait theory suggests that leaders are born with their leadership qualities. The social learning theory states that leaders learn to use …

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Groups & Teams In Sport

Groups and teams sports psychology

The aim here is to understand the reasons for success and pitfalls involved in team sport participation (Equivalent to UK A Level Physical Education) Team: “Two or more persons interacting with one another and influencing each other” (Shaw, 1976) Group: “Has a collective identity, sharing a common purpose with structured communication patterns” (Carron, 1980) Group Performances The …

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