The purpose was to develop an evaluative case study of six 3-hr sessions, spaced over 3 months, of psychological skills training (PST) provided to athletes with an intellectual disability who were training for the Basketball Australia State Championships. Participants were 7 males and 7 females, aged 15.8 to 27.1 years, with a receptive language level of 7 to 13.7 years, 2 female coaches, 2 psychologists, and 1 registered psychologist supervisor. Sessions focused specifically on stress management, with primary attention given to cue words, breathing techniques, and positive thinking. Findings, based on interviews and participant observations, revealed that all participants believed that the PST was appropriate and worthwhile.
Trish Gorely is with the Department of Physical Education, Sports Science, and Recreation Management at Loughborough University, Loughborough LE11 3TU, United Kingdom. E-mail: <P.J.Gorely@lboro.ac.uk>. Anne Jobling is with the Fred and Eleanor Schonell Special Education Research Centre, School of Education; Kellie Lewis is with the Department of Human Movement Studies and School of Psychology; and David Bruce is with the Department of Human Movement Studies and School of Psychology, all at the University of Queensland, Australia.
The case study was conducted while Trish Gorely was a staff member of the University of Queensland (as a joint appointment with the Department of Human Movement Studies and School of Psychology). However, she is now at the Department of Physical Education, Sport Science and Recreation Management, Loughborough University, which is where all the writing took place.