Weaknesses Of An Athlete Essay

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This Essay is about the psychological strengths and weaknesses on an Athlete along with recommendations of solutions for the athlete’s psychological weaknesses. To assess the psychological strength of the Athlete, I have requested the athlete to complete a Mental Skills Assessment Questionnaire. This questionnaire measures the strength of an athlete’s goal setting, confidence, attention, anxiety and arousal, and motivation in their sport. For confidentiality purposes, I will refer to my athlete as Lester, a 21 year old swimmer who specialises in 100m freestyle. She has 6 years of experience in competitive swimming but recently her performance has been deteriorating during training after a two consecutive losses in recent competitions. I gave…show more content…
Sport psychologists define self-confidence as the belief that you can successfully perform a desired behaviour. Based on an article by KARAGEORGHIS, C. (2007) Good self-confidence can lead to better performance in sport. Self-confidence makes you sure about your abilities and can help remove doubts in the mind. This reduces the chances of choking in sport. As mentioned before, I found that that Lester’s self-confidence could be improved as she has stated that she is not always confident before a competition, question 10, and she feels that she is not confident in her performance. This may lead to poor performances by the athlete. Bandura (1977) have identified 4 factors that influences self-confidence, successful performances, vicarious experiences, verbal persuasion and emotional arousal. By working on these factors, I believe that the confidence of the athlete will improve along with her performance. One mental training skill that can help with this is positive self-talk. This is under Verbal persuasion and Emotional arousal. Positive self-talk helps remind you that you have the skills and abilities to accomplish your goals and remove negative thoughts from your head. Self-talk has been proven by many research articles. An example of this is a study done on Olympic skiers where self-talk improved their timings by 3.07%. Self-talk has to be clear and believable. Self-talk can be technical, focusing on
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