Sports psychology

Essay by rustyoneHigh School, 12th gradeA+, March 2005

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Sports psychology is the study and implementation of mental techniques to better an athlete's performance. "On top of the time spent honing skills and developing physical readiness, studies of top performers have shown that the elite from a variety of different sports complete many laps of the track, lengths of the pool or throws of the javelin in their mind before competitions" (Lee Crust, 2004). In touch football, top players would spend hours practising moves on the field but would spend even longer rehearsing moves, considering options and strategising before they even step onto the field. This unit of work has allowed me, as a learning HPE student, to implement psychological strategies such as goal setting, arousal and performance relationship, mental rehearsal, and feedback and motivation.

"Goal setting is a means of keeping a practical achievement in sight and working towards it effectively to produce possible outcomes" (Amezdroz, pg 119).

When goals are set, they must be specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-framed, that is SMART, or else they cannot be effective. This term, I set a number of goals and the main goal that I chose to focus upon was,

"Be able to run all set moves and rucking patterns

efficiently from all positions before assessment begins".

This goal of mine followed the SMART theory in that it was specific to touch, I could measure my progress, it was achievable for me physically and realistic that I could reach my goal, and I set myself a time frame for my goal to be achieved in.

To be able to achieve this goal though, I had to be able to set up a stair case to climb. This is referred to as the staircase model. My staircase consisted of a number of smaller, shorter goals: learning and understanding all...