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Unformatted text preview: Cameron Vollmuth KNES 350 Prof. Zimmerman PST Paper The use of psychological skills training has become increasingly prevalent in sports recently. Success for both elite and non-elite athletes is contingent on both physical and mental abilities; when an athlete is at the top of their game in both of these areas, the result could be an exceptional performance. (Weinberg & Gould, 2007) My friend and teammate, Suraj, was an avid golfer throughout his life. During his junior year in high school, he cracked the starting lineup and quickly started to contribute to our golf team. Unfortunately, Suraj broke and tore ligaments in his thumb while playing football in gym class and lost his hope of a great season and varsity letter, needing surgery. Suraj was never one for mental toughness, and quickly lost hope of ever playing on the golf team again. He became angry and frustrated, knowing that his spot had been taken and wondering if he would be able to earn his performance back pre-injury. Surajs confidence was at an all time low and even after getting cleared to play, he never returned to his old form again. He came back to play varsity golf his senior year, but just as a reserve. Unfortunately, his mental scars never healed. His low self-confidence, frustration with the injury and anger of losing his spot affected him greatly for the next season. My approach to deal with Suraj would basically be to get him back into shape after his injury and make him the number one golfer and captain of the team for his senior year. Suraj could definitely use some confidence building and imagery or mental preparation training to tackle his multimodal problem. I believe if Suraj had all the right training, he would have been in perfect shape for his senior year of golf. He is one of the smartest kids I know and he would definitely have the mental skills needed to perform any task necessary. Also, he would want nothing more than to relive his senior year. Golf was his life back in the day, and he would be extremely willing to improve his golf game and get back into the starting rotation in the fall. Suraj had a great to improve his golf game and get back into the starting rotation in the fall....
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This note was uploaded on 10/06/2011 for the course KNES 350 taught by Professor Zimmerman during the Spring '08 term at Maryland.
- Spring '08