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Six Week Psychological Skills Training Programme

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Joshua Sullivan

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Transcript of Six Week Psychological Skills Training Programme

Contents Psychological Skills Training Programme Welcome Professor Sullivan - Sports Psychologist Slide 1 - Athlete Profile and Current Situation
Slide 2 - Outcomes of the Training Programme
Slide 3 - Psychological Assessment
Slide 4 - Six Week Programme
Slide 5 - Weekly Breakdown
Slide 6 - Justification of Programme and Weekly Activities
Slide 7 - Improvements
Slide 8 - Conclusion
Slide 9 - Questions The Athlete Andrew Ward
18 years old
Swimming
National Level Standard
Enjoys playing football
Regular Xbox user
Currently at College
Study Astrophysics Outcomes of The Programme Six Week Programme Week 4 Programme Justifications for Programme Psychological Assessment Areas for Improvement Conclusion SCAT Illinois Test ACSI Aim: The aim of the progamme is to ensure the athlete is psychological stable and ready to compete in order to get the best out of their performance

Objectives:
1) To carry out a six week psychological skills programme
2) Practice sport using various psychological methods
3) Re evaluate psychological state with questionnaires

Targets:
The athlete needs to improve his motivation in the six weeks by performing well in the questionnaires at the end of the programme
The athlete needs to increase his anxiety levels after the six week programme by re evaluating his psychological state QUESTIONS Thank You For Watching!
Any Questions? From carrying out the four different methods of assessment I was able to decipher the specific areas that need to be focused upon in the six week training programme for Andrew. These were his motivation levels and also his arousal levels. His arousal levels are low which is suggested by a low anxiety score also his motivation is suggested by his low level of enthusiasm for partaking within his specific sport of swimming. Resources: Laptop, iPod and Paper
Limitations: At college for most of the day Monday to Friday Review - The techniques that were used were chosen carefully due to a number of positives they all have, however I feel that acting energised may not have been one of the best choices as this is better for a team sport which can evoke a bigger reaction.

The methods of assessment were acceptable however were very subjective and so would have been better if I had assessed the client myself during a sporting situation, such as a competition and a training session.

I have previously stated the areas of improvement which I gathered from the strengths and weaknesses which were that the programme was a suitable length, the client had enough techniques and there were competitions to build him up to the end. However there were quite a lot of different techniques used, they were all introduced at once and there were only two events. Six weeks - Not too long or too short and so provides enough time for techniques to become habit

Goal Setting - Easy to carry out and provides daily reminders of what needs achieving and the athlete will not usually want to fail so will try their best to achieve the goals

Music - Freely available to most people, raises heart rate, lyrics inspire and earphones close of world

Acting Energised - Buzz given off to athlete whilst lots of movement increases heart rate

PMR - Relaxing and can ensure the athlete is not too aroused, easy to carry out and can be done at any time when they athlete may be too aroused therefore is perfect to counteract the other techniques if they have been over used at any point

Each technique has been specifically placed in an ideal place within the programme to ensure maximum results are produced. Goal setting is at the start of the week to motivate each week, music is used before training to increase arousal to ensure enough effort is put in, acting energised is used when the athlete will be getting tired from training and PMR is used before a competition so the athlete is not too aroused. There are a few areas which could be improved if this was to be repeated in the future. Firstly the programme could concentrate on either fewer or more psychological skills as one would allow for greater depth and three would allow for an all round improvement.

The questionnaires at the start are very subjective as they are filled out by the athlete/client rather than him being assessed by the sports psychologist. If it was to be repeated I myself would assess him in certain situations as well as him filling out the questionnaires as that way I could ensure the questionnaires are telling the truth as the athlete is able to make up the results and not necessarily fill them in truthfully. Athletes Perception - 'The six week psychological skills training programme ensured that I am more motivated and aroused before both training and competition situations which has over the duration enabled me to improve my performance when I race' Athletes Progress - On completion of the six week programme the athlete completed the questionnaires once again in order to show a comparison from before he had started the training programme. The results can be viewed below: SCAT - 19 to 24
ACSI - 37 to 60
Illinois - 77 to 90
Questions - Responses showed a more relaxed athlete Future recomendations for the athlete:
In the future I believe that he may become too motivated and too aroused and would therefore need to carry out more decreasing techniques such as breathe control and PMR. Psychological
Skills
Training Programme Athletes
Sporting
Performance Finally another improvement could be that the programme consists of more mini competitions so that they athlete gets more used to competing and using the techniques at the same time as this would ensure they become set in stone.
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