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The Role of the Coach in Elite Athletes' Pre-Performance Routines

By Thomas Gretton
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In this post, we explore competitive preparation through the lens of pre-performance routines (PPRs), looking specifically at PPR development, content, and consistency by showcasing information from athletes and their respective head coach. By integrating these considerations into fieldwork, coaches can help athletes experience successful PPR development and implementation, and contribute to the attainment of successful performance.

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Coaching Generation Z Athletes

By Michael Mignano
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While more research is needed on generational differences in today’s athletes, early studies have provided insight into some unique characteristics of Generation Z. Coaches and support staff can benefit from this knowledge and adapt their teaching and coaching philosophies to suit today’s young athletes. Read more to learn new coaching approaches.

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From “Me” to “We”: Promoting Team Cohesion Among Youth Athletes

By Tsz Lun (Alan) Chu
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Have you coached a high school sport program for many years? Have you volunteered to coach a youth sport team in a recreational league? Either way, team cohesion has a big impact on the success of…

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The Science Behind Expert Teams: Insights From Sport Psychology

By Edson Filho
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High-performing teams are high in cohesiveness, shared understanding, and a sense of team confidence or collective efficacy. In other words, even teams full of star players (e.g., national teams, all-…

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Managing Emotions in Sport

By Dr. Andrew Friesen
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There is no construct of human psychology and functioning more prevalent in sport than emotion. Mood, emotions, and general affect can influence every movement in every sport. Consider a typical 45…

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Freaked-out Kids in Sports: Keys to Stress Reduction

By Frank L. Smoll
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A 20-year trend in youth sports emphasizes teaching coaches how to create a healthy psychological environment for their athletes. However, there’s also an important need to educate parents, so they…

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Disordered Eating in Athletes

By Dana Voelker
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Dana Voelker discusses what parents, coaches, and certified consultants can do to prevent and manage eating disorders in athletes.

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Coaches Have Their Own Needs

By Burton Giges M.D.
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Sport psychology offers many suggestions for providing psychological services for athletes who need assistance with problems in performance, communication, time management, transitions, relationships…

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Understanding Student-Athlete Burnout

By Keith A. Kaufman, Ph.D.
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The human body needs recovery to thrive. Without it, performance can begin to suffer and/or an athlete can start breaking down. The state of burnout is often regarded as the endpoint of this breakdown…

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Effective Strategies for Dealing with Coaching Burnout

By Ryan Hedstrom
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Coaching is one of those professions where passion for the job is a key ingredient. However, over time the ups and downs of the season can make us question that passion. While this is normal,…

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How to Choose a Sport Psychology Consultant

By AASP
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Each sport psychology consultant possesses a specific set of skills that defines the scope of his or her competencies. Thus, when choosing a consultant, it is important for athletes, coaches/parents…

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Developing an Effective Team Culture

By Ryan Hedstrom
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One of the most important jobs as a coach is to develop and foster a team culture. This culture, or identity, is really the foundation of all effective teams. As a coach this culture is your vision or…

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Reducing Anxiety in the Competitive Environment

By Vikki Krane
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It is the last match of your regular season. If your team wins, they will advance to the championship game. All season the team has been improving steadily and the last few games the team has played…

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Encouraging Good Sport Conduct in Athletes

By Jennifer J. Waldron
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Parents often enroll their child in a sport program to build the child’s character. Sport participation by itself, however, does not develop character in athletes. Just like any physical skill,…

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Tips for Including Athletes with Disabilities

By Aaron Moffett
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Johnny is 13 years old and wants to join your swim team. He has been a recreational swimmer for a couple of years but never really competed. Johnny also has an above knee amputation and cannot wear…

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The Good Coach: From Beginner to Expert

By Kristen Dieffenbach
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We live in a culture of now. More and more things are available at our fingertips instantly. We often expect amazing results after just a few weeks of effort. This quest for quick upgrades is on par…

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Coaching Through Conflict: Effective Communication Strategies

By Ryan Hedstrom
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Sport is full of conflict! Whether it is on or off the playing field, effectively dealing with conflict goes a long way in determining success. Internal team conflict can have a major impact on team…

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Making Your Team Work: How Coaches Can Transform Groups into Teams

By Ryan Hedstrom
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Whether it is on the field or in the locker room, effective coaches need to understand the strategies to turn a group of individuals into a cohesive and successful team. Not all groups of individuals…

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How Sport Psychology Can Work for You: Lessons from NCAA Athletic Administrators

By Ian Connole
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Where high performance sports exist, psychological demands and athletes’ abilities to cope with them are often the unseen elements influencing performance1. Enhancing performance through…

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NCAA Swimmer Develops Mental Skills That Carry Her Beyond Olympic Medal

By The Association for Applied Sport Psychology Public Relations Office
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Western Kentucky University graduate Claire Donahue set many records as a swimmer for her NCAA Division I school. Today she is a member of the USA Swimming team competing internationally, as well as…

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