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27 skill acquisition for coaches CHAPTER THREE PSYCHOLOGY FOR COACHES Kieran Kingston, Owen Thomas and Ian Mitchell Competitive sports are played mainly on a five-and-a-half-inch court, the space between your ears. Bobby Jones – (the only person to complete golf’s Grand Slam of all four major championships in one year) Key sections: ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ Introduction What is sport psychology? Motivation Self-confidence in sport Stress and anxiety in sport Conclusion INTRODUCTION The formal application of psychological principles to sport has increased tremendously over the past 20 years.

27 skill acquisition for coaches CHAPTER THREE PSYCHOLOGY FOR COACHES Kieran Kingston, Owen Thomas and Ian Mitchell Competitive sports are played mainly on a five-and-a-half-inch court, the space between your ears. Bobby Jones – (the only person to complete golf’s Grand Slam of all four major championships in one year) Key sections: ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ Introduction What is sport psychology? Motivation Self-confidence in sport Stress and anxiety in sport Conclusion INTRODUCTION The formal application of psychological principles to sport has increased tremendously over the past 20 years.

Implementing such policies, however, is not as easy as it sounds. This is because elite sport is, by-and-large, a full-time profession with those involved being subject to many external pressures, which include financial rewards, public and corporate image, public expectations and increasingly difficult competition. Many of these factors are not conducive to developing and satisfying autonomy, competence and relatedness (Deci and Ryan 2000). Nevertheless, it is incumbent upon coaches at the elite level to work hard in searching for ways to provide an environment that continues to support the innate needs of athletes if optimal performance is to be obtained.

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