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Exploring sport coaching and psychology
Exploring sport coaching and psychology

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Session 5: Mindset and attitudes towards sport and learning


You have started to see how experienced sports coaches, and some workplaces, encourage people to think about their training and progress in certain ways (e.g. personal responsibility, learning, problem solving). The term ‘mindset’ has often been used by contributors to this course: but what is meant by mindset?

This session specifically considers sports psychology. In addition to mindset, you will explore the mental characteristics of those developing in sport and begin to see what topics sports psychology address with athletes and their coaches. You work in sports psychology will continue in the next session.

A lot of the knowledge and skills used in sports psychology can often be applied to situations that you are familiar with beyond sport. You will be able to apply much of what is discussed here to your own experiences or those close to you.

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Introduction to Session 5
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By the end of this session, you should be able to:

  • describe the features and beliefs of a growth and fixed mindset
  • identify the role of feedback from coaches, teachers and parents in influencing beliefs about ability
  • describe mental toughness and the psychological characteristics of those athletes developing towards excellence and how these ideas contribute to your understanding of sporting success.