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#86593 - 05/29/12 06:09 AM What would you ask a sports psychologists?
Thomas Offline
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Gday guys

I've scored an interview with one of the best sports psychologists in soccer.

If you could ask him one question, what would it be?

Thomas
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#86599 - 05/29/12 08:57 AM Re: What would you ask a sports psychologists? [Re: Thomas]
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High level youth soccer is a unique sport because of its non-stop no-sub nature. This applies exceptional physicial and mental stress to young players over the 80-90 minute span.

How can youth players prepare/train themselves mentally to maintain a 90 minute focus where they must go in and out of the "zone" while always continuing to play?

How is this different for a U15 player versus a U23 player? What kind of adjustments should coaches be aware of due to differences in brain development/maturation?

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#86603 - 05/29/12 09:27 AM Re: What would you ask a sports psychologists? [Re: Proff]
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"Define fun from the childs perspective?"

Okay, more specifically..."How does a coach 'think' like a child in order to be able to coach players to play like an adult?"

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#86626 - 05/29/12 05:38 PM Re: What would you ask a sports psychologists? [Re: coachkev]
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Great questions, I'll add them to the interview.

Any more, don't be shy!

Thomas
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#86636 - 05/30/12 06:07 AM Re: What would you ask a sports psychologists? [Re: Thomas]
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"What are the key focus points in dealing with failure?"

"How do kids deal with the problem of fatigue affecting concentration?"

"How can an athlete play like it doesnt matter when it matters the most?"

" In what order would you place the following as important psychologically in making a good player a great player...

* Practices relaxation, imagery and self hypnosis before contests
* Able to set high motivation to win
* Displays confidence
* Is coachable
* Is conscientiousness with determination to succeed
* Is slightly extroverted personally, midly anxious
* Incentive to achieve excellence
* Success is a by-product of performance, likes stressful situations, is aggressive with assertiveness
* Able to set and attain goals
* Is less intense, less depressed, less angry, less fatigued, less confused
* Shows high mental energy
* Able to process information, not overloaded and has high self-esteem

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#86638 - 05/30/12 07:32 AM Re: What would you ask a sports psychologists? [Re: coachkev]
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Why do we need a sports psychologist when we havent had any in the past?
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#86643 - 05/30/12 08:24 AM Re: What would you ask a sports psychologists? [Re: johnmc04]
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Obviously you havent heard of or been in the presence of Bill Beswick...

And are you saying that Jose Mourinho doesnt employ psychology in his management of player?

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#86676 - 05/30/12 04:09 PM Re: What would you ask a sports psychologists? [Re: coachkev]
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With some of these coaches (ie. the one who chose Messi to take the penalty shot), maybe psychiatrist is more needed than psychologist...

grin

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#86686 - 05/30/12 05:39 PM Re: What would you ask a sports psychologists? [Re: brazilfan]
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Or you could try Ygolohcysp.. thats what we call reverse psychology. laugh

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#86694 - 05/31/12 09:16 AM Re: What would you ask a sports psychologists? [Re: coachkev]
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Most great coaches were/are intuitive psychologists. They just _know_ how to read their players, how to convey information, how to motivate and challenge, etc.

The trouble is, _most_ people aren't blessed with that kind of natural ability to read and understand others, and in the past we have had very little to help us understand why some coaches are just so much BETTER than others...even when technical knowledge is held equal.

Why do some coaches keep youth players for years, while others run them off after only one season? Why do some produce tens of collegiate players from their U12 programs, while others produce none? Where do you put limited funds to get the most "bang" for your buck" with kids? Why do kids stay in a sport, and how do you help them get the MOST from the sport while they play it? How do you translate participation in a youth sport in to a lifetime of fitness and health? How do different types of programs (rec vs comp for example) impact long term health results differently?

Research in sports psychology is young, but growing with amazing pace - in part thanks to the incredible obesity trend in the US and elesewhere. It is becoming critical that we understand how to keep kids and adults interested in athletics, and the "coach" is the gatekeeper for most youth sports.

Good solid coaching technique is something that can be studied, understood, and taught to most people. It's not some mysterious magical quality that only certain people have.

The research previously done in tangential fields such as child development, motivation and learning theory, etc., is applicable and is helping sports psych evolve more quickly in recent years.

Given our health issues related to child obesity, and all of the distractions our kids face that pull them away from physical activity...the more we can do to help coaches reach our kids - the better!

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#87019 - 06/09/12 07:30 AM Re: What would you ask a sports psychologists? [Re: Proff]
Thomas Offline
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The interview has been completed and is live.

Thanks for the ideas and questions, I've added a few to the interview.

Hope you enjoy
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#87082 - 06/10/12 02:12 PM Re: What would you ask a sports psychologists? [Re: Thomas]
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....and????
The results???

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#87158 - 06/12/12 07:24 AM Re: What would you ask a sports psychologists? [Re: coachkev]
Thomas Offline
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G'day Coachkev

The interview can be found here if you're interested

http://www.soccermastermind.com/2012/06/...ogy-consultant/
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#87160 - 06/12/12 08:08 AM Re: What would you ask a sports psychologists? [Re: Thomas]
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Cheers for that..

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