Inside the Heads of Australia’s Olympic Athletes and Coaches: Results of a 2012 Olympic Team Debrief

Kirsten Peterson, Australian Institute of Sport, Australia

Theme: Elite performance

Poster Number: 20

Program ID: POS-1

Presentation: October 3, 2013 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Room: Napoleon


This presentation features a discussion of selected results of an online and hard-copy assessment completed by Australian athletes (n = 185) and coaches (n = 38) attending the 2012 Olympic Games. The assessment instrument was based on a similar instrument used to debrief the U.S. Olympic Team’s athletes and coaches following the 1996, 1998, and 2000 Olympics (Gould et al., 1998; 1999) but was further refined to reflect cultural differences and more recent Olympic Games developments. Athletes and coaches from 25 sports completed the survey providing insights into the areas of mental skill use, performance planning and belief, coaching behaviours, environment/equipment/logistics, media, family and friends, staff, and team issues. Athletes and coaches were also asked to assess their confidence, levels of preparation, and expectations in the four weeks prior to the Olympics. Key results in the areas of Olympic Games readiness, Olympic environment management, mental skill use, coach-athlete disconnects, embedded service delivery, and sport management of family and friends will be discussed. Issues pertaining to information dissemination (to who and how), educational planning, and working effectively within the Olympic environment will also be discussed.

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