A case report – Psychological training strategies for achieving Olympic peak performance of the Chinese Freestyle Skiing Aero-Jump Teams
Jin Wang, Kennesaw State University, USA
Liwei Zhang, Beijing Sports University, China
Theme: Mental training/interventions
Poster Number: 40
Program ID: POS-1
Presentation: October 3, 2013 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
The Olympic peak performance is mainly determined by three factors: (1) physical ability, (2) technical talents, and (3) psychological control. As the members of the psychological consultation team, the presenters received the grant funding for the purposes of proving the psychological consultations to the Chinese Freestyle Skiing – Aero-Jump Teams for the preparations of 2006 and 2010 Winter Olympic Games. With the mutual efforts of technical coaches, strength and conditioning coaches and psychological consultants, The Chinese Olympic Freestyle Skiing –Aero Jump Teams have consistently achieved the outstanding performances by achieving the medals of the Olympic gold, silver, bronze during the two Winter Olympic Games in 2006 and 2010. The purpose of this presentation is three fold: (1) introduce the leadership structure of coaching, (2) illustrate our psychological training approaches, and (3) elaborate the culture perspectives of our consultation practice. China is an ancient country and its cultural roots play a significant role on every Olympic athlete’s psychological well-being. Therefore, our psychological training not only integrated the key psychological principles into consultation practice, but also, our psychological training has incorporated Chinese unique culture perspectives to our practice. Hopefully, this presentation would provide a meaningful case report to audience to understand how Chinese sport psychology consultants conducted their psychological training to Chinese athletes for achieving peak performance in the Winter Olympic Games. Since China is becoming one of the major players of the recent Olympic Games, the exchange of culture perspectives and the specific psychological training approaches could help our fellow professionals with a better understanding between East and West.