Certificate in Sport Psychology & The Team

£60.00

This certificate examines an introduction to sport psychology as well as investigating the basis of team psychology. Also involved is the examination of mental preparation and the ability to develop mental toughness with a team. We also look at the vital issue of anxiety and performance and the part the manager can play on reducing anxiety and stress. This certificate is rounded off by looking at the psychology of injury and how team management can appreciate and understand the problems felt by the injured player.

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Sport Psychology & The Team

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4 REPs Points
Examines an introduction to sport psychology as well as investigating the basis of team psychology. Also involved is the examination of mental preparation and the ability to develop mental toughness with a team. We also look at the vital issue of anxiety and performance and the part the manager can play on reducing anxiety and stress. This module is rounded off by looking at the psychology of injury and how team management can appreciate and understand the problems felt by the injured player.

  • Course introduction – 4 PDF documents
  • Resource notes
  • A total of 29 lectures in PDF format, available to download and print
  • 3 multiple-choice activities
  • You will achieve 4 REPs Continued Professional Development (CPD) points upon completion of this module.

INTRODUCTION
“Sport psychology involves preparing the mind of an athlete or a player, just as thoroughly as one prepares the body. Sport psychology is an emerging field in both the worlds of psychology and sport. For many elite-level athletes, players and teams successful performances cannot simply be reduced to superior physical performance.

Instead, performance in any team activities or endeavours, is largely contingent upon mental preparation and psychological strength. Just as a team prepares for competition by practicing physical skill as well as increasing their speed, strength and endurance, they must also prepare themselves mentally. This includes setting clear, short-term goals, entertaining positive thoughts, using self affirmations, imagery, self talk, developing stronger concentration levels and longer attention spans.

Thanks to the extensive coverage of sport, the enthusiast can understand the need for and benefits of sport psychology. Examples of mental training surround us – for instance skiers, divers, and gymnasts imaging their routines or tricks before they perform. An interesting example according to Dupcak included Nancy Kerrigan’s successful use of sport psych principles after she was maliciously attacked so close to the 1994 Olympics. (link: http://figureskating.about.com/od/historyoffigureskating/p/tonyanancy.htm) Other examples include golfers and biathletes using relaxation techniques to slow their heart rates and breathing thereby allowing for better accuracy in their shots; and basketball player using a combination of goal setting and imagery to improve their free throw percentages. The principles of sport psychology are helping athletes and players succeed in many ways. (Dupcak, 2011).

One concept to appreciate is that the level of mental arousal influences performance. If this level is either too high or too low then performance suffers. The ideal zone is right in the middle. A common problem for some players and teams is that they get “too keyed up”. This excessive level of arousal leads to increased muscular tension, poor decision making, loss of concentration, and disrupted rhythm and co-ordination. Recognising and controlling the level of arousal is important to maximise the team achievement. Some of the skills useful to regulate arousal (up or down) are visualisation, centering, progressive muscular relaxation, and positive self-talk. In addition to regulating arousal these skills have a number of other benefits.

This course will examine some of these concepts so that the manager can better understand getting good performances from his or her players and how to appreciate the total contribution of mental preparation for the team.

One important aspect of team success is the notion of mental toughness and the role it plays in team success. Mental toughness is the ability to consistently sustain one’s optimum performance state during adversities of the game. Adversities are the true test of one’s “nerves”. Consistency is the ultimate yardstick of a champion team. Performing with the maximum potential is the core of the mental toughness. The question often asked is “can mental toughness be developed?” The answer is –“yes mental toughness can be developed.” The goal is to fine tune the players so that they “stay in control” during competition and games. Unfortunately, there is no readymade formula for achieving consistency in performance. However the principle is simple – teams must learn proper mental control to execute the skills, when it matters most.

The final topic we look at in this module is the psychology of the injured player or athlete. The most successful injury rehabilitation programmes are those that have adopted a holistic approach (i.e. one that supplements physical therapy with psychological strategies to facilitate recovery). One of the roles of the manager is to assist the injured player to cope with the injury which in turn will facilitate rehabilitation.

The use of mental skills such as goal setting, positive self-talk, imagery visualisation and relaxation training have all been shown to help footballers and other sport players
 control their reaction to injury
 deal effectively with the rehabilitation process and
 cope with setbacks should they occur.
The manager plays a key role in this important area of team preparation.