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Sports Psychologists Extend Their Counseling to Athletes' Coaches and Families

The crowd has quieted, but an electric energy from the packed grandstands fills the air. The diver stands atop the platform, aware of television cameras below that are broadcasting his every muscle twitch to millions of viewers worldwide. He can smell the chlorine wafting up from the diving pool 10 meters below.

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This article is relevant to the course work in regards to the fact that sports psychology plays a major role in our career fields not only for athletes but also those individuals who are wishing to make a change in their life (i.e. behavior... more »This article is relevant to the course work in regards to the fact that sports psychology plays a major role in our career fields not only for athletes but also those individuals who are wishing to make a change in their life (i.e. behavior modification in those who are starting a gym habit or changing their diet) as well as the family members and coaching staff.  This article discusses how  reaching out to the coaches and family members we can create a more desirable "mental" environment for the athletes as well as promote connectivity and feelings of relatedness between the group associated with athlete.  Often times the parents and coaches do not realize they are being overbearing, negative, or unsupportive.  The athlete has worked hard in order to shut out distractions, manage emotions, and control energy levels.  If we do not create the optimal psychological environment the athlete could be affected simply because of the actions of their coaching staff, family members, friends, teammates etc. 07-24-2014 6:18pm

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