PSYCHOLOGICAL SKILLS TRAINING FOR PERFORMANCE ENHANCEMENT

PSYCHOLOGICAL SKILLS TRAINING FOR PERFORMANCE ENHANCEMENT

D.E. Smith

Nanyang Technological University,
Singapore

This presentation begins with a video of elite amateur and professional athletes explaining their use of psychological skills training (PST) program. The basic concept involved in PST are then explained. These strategies include relaxation, imagery, concentration, goal setting, self-confidence development, and interpersonal skills training. Specific means for implementing these programs with athletes are discussed. These include conditions, which facilitate the development of sport imagery training, goal setting training methodologies, interpersonal skill exercises, and techniques for arousal regulation. Case study, anectodal and statistical evidence supporting the effectiveness of pst programs with specific elite teams and athletes will follow. Finally, a brief demonstration will support the effectiveness of these types of programs. Questions and discussion with the audience will conclude the presentation.


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Smith, D.E. Psychological skills training for performance enhancement // Человек в мире спорта: Новые идеи, технологии, перспективы : Тез. докл. Междунар. конгр. - М., 1998. - Т. 2. - С. 351.