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Sport Psychology

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  1. Sport Psychology Dr Matt Pain Loughborough University & The Football Association Loughborough University: 6 March, 2008

  2. Capello says our team were suffering a mental block. He labelled it the single most important factor in our failure to qualify for the European Championship. 'Otherwise how can you explain their elimination from Euro 2008?' he asked. I couldn't agree more. Absolutely Fabio: new man will sort players' heads

  3. Relationship issues Managing injuries Quality training Effective communication Organisational stress Team cohesion Managing career transitions Controlling emotions Mental skills Listening What is sport psychology?

  4. County Youth Football & Golf (Sussex) BSc Psychology (Nottingham - 2:1 ) MSc Sport Science Exeter…? Accenture plc (3 years) - Human Performance: London, Stockholm, Dublin MSc Sport Science (Loughborough - Distinction) PhD Sport Psychology & Football (with the FA) Level 2 Football Coach BASES/BPS, Level 5 Psychology for Football FA/Loughborough Sport Psychology R&D Research Coach education Applied work (GP2 driver, superbikes, England CP squad) My Background

  5. Valued characteristics and styles included: ‘skilful questioner’ ‘patient, good listener’ the ability to ‘relate to young people’ ‘present clearly’ ‘deal with people as individuals’ ‘confident and relaxed in unfamiliar surroundings with unfamiliar people.’ Different styles Credibility: age & experience Qualities

  6. 138 BASES registered Only a handful full-time consulting Sport is not a rich industry! (Except football) Business/Lecturing/Teaching EIS career path (9 regions + SIS + Interns) Governing bodies: LTA have 2 psyc’s Things are improving…slowly… Sport/Business consulting (e.g. Lane4) Careers

  7. Football 65% Academies have used SP About a dozen Prem clubs use one in some capacity Often contacts rather than qualifications Scepticism* Only governing body to do psyc qualifications (L1-5) Main model of delivery – coach education VS Match analysis, fitness, nutrition, physiology Intangibles – not measuring VO2max (words only) Careers

  8. Have 2 strings to your bow Psychology (MSc, PhD) Coaching (Level 3+) Business (Consulting, £) Olympic medals!!! Prioritise – sport or sport psychology? Get some wider experiences It is very satisfying and you’ve got to love it Advice

  9. The final word? “It is the mental power that separates the exceptional from the very good…… there will be nothing to choose between them talent for talent, training for training. What separates them is what goes on behind the eyes.” Frank Dick (coached Denise Lewis, Daley Thompson, and former director of coaching for GB track & field)

  10. Thanks!

  11. What is Concentration? • What does concentration mean to you? • EXERCISE: Concentration grids 1

  12. What is Concentration? Concentrate Etymology: com- + Latin centrum centre1 a: to bring or direct toward a common centre or objective To direct one’s attention on performance critical cues. EXERCISE: DISTRACTION