Run Baby Run: Successful Psychological Skills Programing for Endurance Athletes

Leeja Carter, Adler School of Professional Psychology, USA
Cindra Kamphoff, Minnesota State University/The Runner's Edge, USA
Steven Portenga, iPerformance Psych, USA
Michael Sachs, Temple University, USA

Theme: Mental training/interventions

Program ID: SYM-21

Presentation: October 5, 2013 8:15 am - 9:30 am

Room: Oak Alley


Running a marathon is tough. The physical and mental training can take a considerable toll on the body, relationships, as well as test a marathoner’s discipline and resilience. Due to the intense nature of marathoning (i.e., from training to completing the race), psychological preparation is essential to assisting with physical training, race preparation, and race completion. As such, this symposium provides both theoretical and applied methodological reports discussing the use of two innovative psychological skills training (PST) programs with marathon runners, as well as one sport psychology practitioner’s experience working directly with endurance athletes. The first presentation will provide results from a 4-week individualized imagery training program examining the effects of tailored imagery training on mental toughness and flow in first-time marathon runners. The second presentation will review the development and implementation of a sponsored psychological skills training program where brief interventions are provided to marathon runners, with the third presentation from a sport psychology consultant providing a practitioner’s perspective on PST with endurance athletes.

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