Support athletes to adopt principles of sports psychology
This unit of competency SISSSCO308 Support athletes to adopt principles of sports psychology, serves as a core and also elective for a few Sport Coaching, Sport and Recreation, and Sport Development qualifications.
This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to enable coaches to support their athletes to apply the principles of sports psychology to their specific sporting activity. It focuses on assisting athletes to implement and evaluate psychological approaches to optimise their sporting performance.
This unit applies to those working autonomously and within supervisory roles in a sport and recreation environment. It applies to personnel who are responsible for coaching athletes in a sport-specific training or competition setting.
The elements and performance criteria include:
1. Analyse information.
1.1 Access and analyse relevant and current information from a range of sources on the application of principles of sports psychology for peak sporting performance.
1.2 Identify support personnel and resources available to assist athletes with sport psychology issues.
1.3 Assess athlete’s information needs in relation to psychological approaches to enhance peak performance in relevant sporting activity.
1.4 Maintain and update information on psychological approaches for peak performance.
2. Liaise with sports psychology support personnel.
2.1. Select appropriate support personnel to assist athletes.
2.2. Consult with support personnel to identify specific psychological approaches for peak performance in the sporting activity.
3. Provide information to athletes.
3.1 Assess individual psychological needs and preference of athletes in relation to the sporting activity according to organisational policies and procedures.
3.2 Explain psychological approaches for peak performance in the relevant sporting activity to athletes.
3.3 Present information to athletes in a style appropriate to the needs of the athletes and the coaching setting.
3.4 Check understanding of athletes regarding psychological approaches for peak sporting performance using appropriate approaches and encourage athletes to clarify information.
3.5 Clarify with the athletes, the role of the support personnel, including personnel who are experts in the field of sports psychology.
3.6 Encourage athletes to seek advice and support from selected sport psychology support personnel.
4. Assist athletes to implement psychological approaches.
4.1 Select implementation strategies to enhance peak performance in the activity in consultation with the athlete and sport psychology support personnel.
4.2 Support athletes to implement selected strategies in training and competition according to organisational policies and procedures.
4.3 Monitor implementation of psychological approaches during training or competition according to organisational policies and procedures.
4.4 Identify possible psychological characteristics that act as barriers to enhanced performance and refer athletes to psychology support personnel for treatment.
5. Evaluate the effect of psychological approaches.
5.1 Analyse the performance of athletes in competition situations against expected performance.
5.2 Evaluate the effect of psychological approaches on performance in the activity in consultation with the athlete and psychology support personnel.
5.3 Adjust psychological approaches to better assist athletes to achieve peak performance in the activity in consultation with the athlete and psychology support personnel.
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- Powerpoint Slides (34);
- Learner’s Assessment Workbook (31 pages);
- Assessor Guide / Benchmarks (42 pages); and
- Assessment Matrix
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