This paper describes issues and strategies related to teaching social assertiveness skills to athletes. Social assertiveness is examined as a key ingredient for effective communication and athlete satisfaction. Communication difficulties and issues frequently encountered in working with athletes, relevant to assertiveness skills, are discussed along with examination of team member issues that athletes must confront in order to function effectively in assertiveness situations. Specific strategies for teaching assertiveness skills to groups and individuals are presented and include applications to various sport settings.
Deidre Connelly is with the Dept. of Physical Education and Sport Studies at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242. Robert J. Rotella is with the Dept. of Health and Physical Education at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA 22903.