Psychology in football : working with elite and professional by Mark Nesti

By Mark Nesti

'Psychology in soccer' is a close advisor to offering recreation psychology in an elite group recreation setting, from sensible drills at the education box to shaping organisational behaviour at membership point. The ebook is illustrated all through with real-world case experiences, drawing on examine into sixteen golf equipment throughout 5 ecu countries.

content material: realizing expert soccer --
One-to-one activities psychology counselling --
aiding the training crew and constructing the employees --
helping the chief --
growing and handling the surroundings --
The liaison officer --
belief values confidentiality and id --
soccer lessons.

How can the abilities of the game psychologist be positioned to most sensible use inside a soccer membership? This consultant to the position of the game psychologist inside of elite soccer, argues that working Read more...

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The sport psychologist must ‘learn the culture’ whilst at the same time resist pressures to become assimilated. They will be able to be more effective where they can begin to understand the demands of the culture, without allowing their practices to be compromised excessively by these same demands. This will test their resilience, motivation, values and courage. Many sport psychologists have struggled to deliver what their role demands because of a failure to work with the culture of professional football as opposed to against it.

It is often important that they ensure that the player is not attempting to take on too much. Because professional footballers and Premiership players are often highly motivated and determined individuals, they have a tendency to be over-critical of themselves and to try too hard as they work on building their confidence again. This task of confronting the player with the choices they intend to make is often an uncomfortable experience for both the psychologist and the athlete. It can sometimes appear to players that the sport psychologist is attempting to hold them back whilst on other occasions they may feel one-to-one sport psychology counselling 37 that they are being provoked to push themselves a little further, or faster, than they would have gone alone.

Another difficulty that sometimes confronts the psychologist is there is a widely held view that individuals enter the profession because they are in need of therapy themselves. Within counselling psychology and psychotherapy, there are some approaches that have argued that, in order to be capable of genuine empathy with clients, it is important that the psychologist has suffered from the same problems as the individual they aim to help. From a sport psychology perspective, Andersen (2009) has gone even further, suggesting that many in this profession may need to work through their own psychological issues and crises before they are fit to work with sports performers.

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