Academic Course for Enhancing Student-Athlete Performance in Sport

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Lewis A. Curry The University of Montana

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The purpose of this paper is to describe content and methods of an academic course offered twice annually at an NCAA Division I University. With empirical support to the effectiveness of this academic approach to psychological skills training presented elsewhere (Curry & Maniar, 2003), the focus of this paper is on the type and extent of each intervention treatment during the 15-week semester course (Vealey, 1994). Course content includes applied strategies for best performance targeting, arousal/affect control, identifying purpose, goal setting, imagery, sport confidence, trust, flow, sport nutrition, on-/off-field problem solving, self-esteem, and life skills education on eating disorders and drug/alcohol abuse. Teaching methods include narrative story telling, small group activities, journal writing, cognitive-behavioral homework, brainteasers, and active learning demonstrations.

Lewis A. Curry is with the HHP Department at the University of Montana, Missoula 59812. E-mail: lew.curry@mso.umt.edu. Sameep D. Maniar is with the Sports Medicine Center at The Ohio State University, Columbus 44122.

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