Performance Enhancement in Motocross: A Case Study of the Sport Science Team in Action

in The Sport Psychologist

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David CollinsSt. Mary’s College

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Michael DohertyBritish Olympic Medical Centre

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Steven TalbotSt. Mary’s College

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Using an exemplar case study of an intervention completed in the sport of motocross, the authors attempt to demonstrate the advantages inherent in using integrated multidisciplinary approaches in the application of sport sciences to performance enhancement. The need for comprehensive, detailed, and well-planned interventions, which of necessity take time to both set up and implement, is also highlighted. In addition, the authors furnish examples of practical techniques that can be used to facilitate cognitive behavioral strategies in this type of sport. Implications for the preparation and training of applied sport psychology consultants are briefly discussed.

D. Collins is with the Dept. of Sport Science and Physical Education at St. Mary’s College, Waldegrave Rd., Twickenham, Middlesex TW1 4SX, U.K. M. Doherty is with the British Olympic Medical Centre, Northwick Park, Harron, Middlesex, U.K. S. Talbot is with the Dept. of Biology at St. Mary’s College.

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