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4. There are four general topics that might be discussed by a sport psychologist in the first session with an athlete. First of which, confidentiality should be explained to the athlete and he or she should understand guidelines on confidentiality. Secondly, the sport psychologist should briefly describe their background like what sport you participated in or with permission some other athletes that you’ve helped. This is important because most athletes like to know something about the individual from whom they’re seeking guidance. Thirdly, the sport psychologist should talk about sport psychology itself. This is important because it allows one to know if any previous knowledge of sports psychology has been learned. Lastly, misconceptions about sport psychology should be clarified. This helps clear out any myths and misconceptions the athlete may have heard. 7. An across-sport behavioral checklist is a list of performance aspects of practices and/or competitions that are apply to a number of different sports. This is designed to assess an athlete’s current physical and mental behaviors that comprise their preparation for competition. 8. A within-sport behavioral checklist is a list of performance aspects of practices and/or competitions for a particular sport. The benefit of this checklist is that it‘s able to provide a quick and reasonably thorough identification of areas in which the athlete already performs well, as well as areas that can improve. They differ from across-sport behavioral checklists in that they only apply to a particular sport.
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*11. A slump in sports is an unexpected decline in athletic performance that occurs for a sufficient length of time to be of serious concern to the athlete and coach. An example is a basketball player that over time keeps missing his shots due to vision problems. 16. There are four strategies for monitoring target behaviors. First, there should be a direct observation of a single behavior monitored by an observer. Second, a behavioral checklist to record multiple behaviors should be kept. This allows for an easily monitored checklist. Third, the athlete should self-monitor, that allows an effective way to track the behavior of interest. Lastly, the target behavior should be videotaped. This allows for the assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of their opponents. 19. There are five reasons why behavior modifiers emphasize the importance of accurately monitoring target behaviors. First, accurate records of a behavior on a few occasions prior to the introduction of a treatment program may help you to identify the best treatment strategy. Second, accurate records of a behavior provide a means for clearly determining if the treatment plan has produced, or is producing the desired improvement. Third, recording and charting behavior may lead to improvements apart from any other further treatment program. Fourth, visual demonstrations of improvements through the use of checklists and graphs can
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