Sports Psychology Basics

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Reedswain Inc., Apr 1, 2005 - Sports & Recreation - 96 pages
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Finally! An understandable and practical guide to sports psychology! Longtime youth sports coach Andrew Caruso has compiled reams of comprehensive research into one well-organized and readable book. He addresses all the main points of this growing field, including Goal Setting, Assessment, Visualization/Imagery, Simulation, Focus, Cue Words, Flow, Motivation, Arousal and Positive Affirmations. Includes several outstanding exercises for coaches and players of all ages.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Goal Setting
17
Assessment
21
VisualizationImagery
29
Simulation
37
Focus
41
Refocusing and Cue Words
47
Relaxation Techniques
51
IntrinsicExtrinsic Motivation
59
Arousal
63
Positive Affirmations
73
Using Sports Psychology in Your Program
77
Summary
85
Appendix
93
Further Readings
95
About the Authors
97

Flow
55

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About the author (2005)

Andrew Caruso has coached boy's high school varsity basketball and girl's varsity soccer as well as over 25 years of club athletics in baseball and other sports. He has coached ages five through adult for both men and women in soccer, including state teams, and was a staff member of the Olympic Development Program in New York, Pennsylvania and Florida for soccer. He holds an A License in soccer as well as all the National Soccer Coaches of America licenses including the Residential Youth License and Premier Certifications. The founder and former President of Kwik Goal Ltd. enriched his background by working with thousands of athletic directors and coaches in all sports for sixteen years. An educator for twenty-six years including K-12 teaching, supervising, and administrating, Andrew's awards include Teacher of the Year and the Simon Sherman Award for the United States by the Soccer Industry Council of America in 1996. He has always been an active civic leader in his community. He has published over 100 articles on sport and three books on soccer as well as booklets on First Aid and baseball. An avid gardener, reader, golfer, fisherman, Andrew continues writing curriculum and consulting on youth sports.

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