ERIC Number: ED196845
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Psychological Processes for Achieving and Coping with Stress in Sport.
Rotella, Robert J.
Several exploratory studies have begun to look at the role of cognition on sport performance. An enriched understanding of the mental aspects of sport is emerging. Recently a team composed of researchers and a coach has attempted a closer understanding of the cognitive processes involved in the development of young athletes to their performance potential and to attempt to unravel the confusion surrounding the concepts of positive thinking and achievement motivation in the sport of skiing. Achievement motivation is the desire to compete against standards of excellence which are to be evaluated by others. Successful athletes utilize an effective psychological process for achieving and coping with stress in sport. Athletes who come closest to maximizing their potential concentrate most of their out of season practice time on their weaknesses. They do not think negatively about their weaknesses or worry about them. Rather, they devise a practice plan for systematically alleviating their areas of weakness. (JN)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Pre-Convention Symposium of the National Association for Sport and Physical Education Sport Psychology (April 10, 1980).