Essay: Peak Performance in AthletesPart I:Imagine that you are the coach of an elite-level athlete in training for the upcoming Olympic Games.
Create a hypothetical athlete in a sport of your choice. Discuss how you would use a specific model or models as a knowledge base of psychological preparation for peak performance to mentally prepare this athlete to achieve a peak performance in his/her event at the Olympics. In your answer, explain the relationship between psychological factors and performance. Also be sure to provide specific examples and details to illustrate your understanding of the model(s) you have chose to use.The following resources will give you a good starting point for your research:Developing a mental game plan: http://thesportjournal.org/?s=Developing+a+mental+game+planPerformance Imagery: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-power-prime/201211/sport-imagery-athletes-most-powerful-mental-toolYouth Football Players and Psychological Preparation: http://usafootball.com/blogs/health-and-safety/post/9067/5-mental-preparation-strategies-for-athletesPart II:Compare and contrast the list of psychological skills with the list of psychological characteristics associated with peak performance in athletes. Discuss the extent to which the use of psychological skills (such as imagery, thought control, and so on) can have an impact on various psychological characteristics (such as confidence and concentration). Illustrate your answer with examples from sport or your own personal experiences. You can use some of the resources below as a starting point for your research. Follow APA guidelines for writing and citing sources.The following resources will give you a good starting point for your research:The role “character” plays in athletic excellence: A look at elite athletes and their coaches:http://www.usapowerlifting.com/newsletter/20/coaching/coaching.htmlPsychological aspects of peak performance: www.drrelax.com/slideshw2.ppsPsychological characteristics of elite atheletes: http://www.elitetrack.com/article_files/sportpsych.pdfWrite a 2–3-page essay and present it in Microsoft Word document format.
Name the file M1_A4_LastName_PeakPerformance.doc and submit it to the Submissions Area by the due date assigned.All written assignments and responses should follow APA rules for attributing sources.
Assignment 4 Grading Criteria Maximum Points Explained how you would mentally prepare the athlete to achieve peak performance using your knowledge of the model(s) of psychological preparation for peak performance reviewed for this assignment.
8 Explained the relationship between psychological factors and performance.
8 Provided specific examples and details to illustrate your understanding of the model.
8Compared and contrasted the list of psychological skills with the list of psychological characteristics associated with peak performance in athletes.
8 Discussed the extent to which the use of psychological skills can have an impact on various psychological characteristics.
12 Wrote in a clear, concise, and organized manner; demonstrated ethical scholarship in accurate representation and attribution of sources, displayed accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
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