Using Mobile Apps to Enhance Mental Training Effectiveness
Robert Neff, Mental Training, Inc., USA
Theme: Consulting/private practice
Poster Number: 95
Program ID: POS-2
Presentation: October 4, 2013 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Rapid advancements in today’s technology have revolutionized the way people communicate and learn. The field of sport psychology could benefit enormously if it harnessed this new technology to teach, motivate and track client progress. However, it’s no longer enough for consultants to just use computer technology. Athletes of all ages are turning off their computers and using their mobile devices to learn, work and play (Sung & Mayer, 2012). Smart phone sales have now surpassed computers with over a billion users in the world today (Business Insider, Dec 2012). Additionally, researchers are reporting that attention spans are getting smaller, there are more distractions in the learning environment, and it’s harder to remember to get tasks done (Rosen, Carrier & Cheever, 2013). More than ever, young athletes need efficient ways to organize themselves and track their goals. But setting and updating goals has long been recognized as very challenging for athletes to do well (Duckworth et al, 2011). As such, coaches and parents feel a strong need to oversee their athlete’s training, often to the point of overinvolvement (Bremer, 2012). The current paper describes and presents data on the effectiveness of a new mobile app that addresses all of the issues previously described. The app simplifies mental training into an understandable and convenient path toward peak performance. It gives sport psychology consultants the enhanced ability to track client progress, effectively work with long distance clients as well the ability to service large groups.