Future Directions in Psychological Skills Training

in The Sport Psychologist
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This decade has been marked by the development of several approaches to psychological skills training (PST). To assess current trends in PST in order to ascertain if consumers’ needs are being met, a content analysis of PST approaches published in books in North America between 1980 and 1988 was conducted with regard to target populations, content areas, and format characteristics. Based on the content analysis, six needs representing viable future directions for PST are outlined. These needs include targeting youth and coaches in addition to elite athletes, moving beyond basic education into specific implementation procedures, differentiating between psychological skills and methods, adopting a holistic approach based on the interactional paradigm and a personal development model, defining the practice of sport psychology based on the personal development of sport consumers, and facilitating the theory/practice relationship through research-based PST programming and evaluation research.

An earlier version of this paper was presented at the American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance Convention in Kansas City in April 1988.

Robin S. Vealey is with the Department of Physical Education, Health and Sport Studies, 109 Phillips Hall, Miami University, Oxford, OH 45056.

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