Integrating Mental Skills into youth coachingA summary of Research by ZakrajSek, Lauer & bodey, international sports coaching journal, 2017, 4, 76-89
Coaches have an important responsibility to help youth athletes learn to cope with stress and enhance their social, mental as well as their physical development.
Coaches can help athletes learn to regulate thoughts, emotions and behaviours.
Nurturing physical development is not enough and knowledge of the sport alone is not sufficient to effective coaching.
Teaching mental skills is a primary function of coaches in the development of young athletes. Mental skills training should be an integral component of coaching practice rather than an add on or after thought.
The cognitive and emotional needs of athletes differ according to their age and stage of development!
Like physical skills, mental skills need to be developed though training. While there are many to training strategies to choose from the 4 most commonly used are Goal Setting, Imagery, Physical Relaxation and Arousal Regulation and Thought Control.
Now, here is a practical tool for coaches to integrate mental skills training in their coaching.
Its is a step by step process that simplifies the process.
Using the information contained in this article and tool above will provide coaches with a practical method to integrated mental skills training into coaching practice. A basic understanding is enough...