Abstract

Mental Skill Integration for Advanced Combat Marksmanship

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Theme: Mental training/interventions

Program ID: WKSP-25

Presentation: October 4, 2013 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Room: Melrose

Abstract:

While the mental skills of energy management, attention control, and imagery are essential for any elite sport, their mastery is highly critical for advance combat marksmanship training as implemented by the United States Military. The presenters will first break down how they gained access and incrementally developed and revised training that met the needs of these elite athletes. Training methods consisting of brief lecture and practical exercises will allow attendees a greater understanding of how to gain strategic access and make training specific to their own unique client environments. Specific techniques presented to attendees will include: (a) biofeedback for optimal control of physiology and mental/cognitive processes (Benson, 2006; Grossman & Christensen, 2008), (b) attention control to increase shifting focus on demand as a situation rapidly changes (Endsley, 1995; Niedffer, 1976), and (c) imagery fundamentals for dynamic, ambiguous environments (Driskell, Copper, & Moran, 1994). Practical exercises will allow the audience to implement the skills in a performance environment similar to that the presenters experienced. The presenters’ past experiences and training successes will be revealed to show how making mental skills training as specific to the performer’s environment as possible, utilizing key terms relevant to the performer, and seamlessly integrating technical, tactical, and mental skills together enhance the performers’ understanding, interest, and compliance with mental skills training. By the end of this workshop, attendees will leave with an understanding of how to implement an incremental mental skill training plan into a highly elite performance training calendar.

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