Using Sport Psychology to Win Games and Change Lives in East Africa
Jens Omli, Texas Tech University, USA
Poster Number: 10
Program ID: POS-1
Presentation: October 3, 2013 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
The International Sport Connection (ISC) Sport Psychology Module has been used to influence the lives of approximately 265,000 East African children from 2010 – 2012. The ISC sport psychology module was created to provide actionable intelligence for East African coaches who are interested in increasing the performance of their teams by enhancing the emotional well being of the young athletes they are privileged to coach, most of whom come from difficult circumstances. Through the ISC Sport Psychology module, youth soccer and basketball coaches learn about (a) the relationships between physical health and proximal causes of sport performance such as motivation, concentration, and confidence, and how what is best for the well being of the children they coach is also best for the on-field success of the team, (b) the importance of systematically organized practice plans in creating training environments that help athletes prepare for competition and future responsibilities they will face in life, and (c) how athletes responses to in-game outcomes influence subsequent performance, and how the verbal and nonverbal responses of coaches to perceived athlete failure can “encourage” or “discourage” the children they coach. The International Sport Connection is funded by generous support from the SportsUnited Division of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.