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A Qualitative Evaluation of the Effectiveness of a Mental Skills Training Program for Youth Athletes
The Sport Psychologist (2013)
  • Lee-Ann Sharp
  • Jennifer Cumming, University of Birmingham
  • Charlotte Woodcock, Staffordshire University
  • Mark J.G. Holland, University of Birmingham
  • Jennifer Cumming, University of Birmingham
  • Joan L Duda, University of Birmingham
Abstract

The purpose of this investigation was to evaluate the effectiveness of a mental skills training (MST) program for male youth elite rugby athletes. Three focus groups were held with 21 under-16 male rugby athletes and four male coaches involved in the MST program to examine the quality of service delivery, athlete responses to the MST program, the mental qualities used by athletes, and its perceived influence on athlete performance. Following inductive-deductive content analysis, 40 subcategories and 16 categories emerged. Participants believed the MST program to be an interactive, well-planned program that increased athlete understanding of MST methods and awareness of MST strategies to manage rugby performance. Athletes thought it important that their coaches develop a greater knowledge and understanding of MST methods. Finally, athletes perceived the MST skills and methods they learnt thro

Keywords
  • Rugby Union,
  • psychological skills,
  • qualitative research,
  • evaluation
Publication Date
2013
Citation Information
Lee-Ann Sharp, Jennifer Cumming, Charlotte Woodcock, Mark J.G. Holland, et al.. "A Qualitative Evaluation of the Effectiveness of a Mental Skills Training Program for Youth Athletes" The Sport Psychologist Vol. 27 (2013)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/jennifer_cumming/30/