This page is a collection of work presented by EXS311 class at Eastern Oregon University for Spring 2010
The biggest problem I have is getting out of bed in the morning to complete my workouts. In the past I have gotten up to do them and found this rewarding. One because I knew I was on a limited time schedule before work so I had to increase my intensity and got better results from the workouts, and also because once I clocked out from work for the day I knew I was done and had no other obligations for the day. However, I am traditionally not a morning person and so getting out of bed to go workout at 5 or 6 am is not my ideal situation not only because of the getting up, but also because I like to stay up at night (I really don’t know why I like to so much) and so going to bed before 9 or 10 pm is very difficult for me. Read more »
Here is a list of my goals. Four of the goals increase my chances of reaching my ultimate goal which is to throw 60 feet in the shot put.
1: Drop body weight to 275 pounds; This first goal is an objective goal, it has a definitive ending point in the goal process and is measurable. The deadline for this goal is September 30, 2010. This goal is challenging because at a body weight of 305, it will require me to hit the gym regularly and regulate my diet quite diligently in order to obtain this goal. The difficult part will be retaining muscle mass but still losing weight thus effectively lowering my body fat percentage.
"Sunset Park" is a hood movie in the heart of Brooklyn New York. It has all of the functions of a hood movie. There is little violence and some drug selling. It is about some kids in High School that regularly lose games and then their coach gets fired only making the situation worse on the kids. A woman hires herself to coach a Boys Varsity Basketball team. It would seem that the team had no chance. Ironically it works out. From my perspective, I thought her coaching strategy was cheesy movie stuff but that's because I have been around real coaches.
In the movie I see social and task cohesion taking place. Read more »
Chapter 17 in the text book talks a lot about the positive psychological affects exercise can have on a person, such as enhancing mood, reducing anxiety, giving a person a sense of purpose and control in their lives, and better overall health. One idea that is mentioned is something known as the runner's high. The book describes it as "a euphoric sensation, usually unexpected, of heightened well-being, an enhanced appreciation of nature, and the transcendence of time and space." I personally have experienced what I believed to be the "runner's high" twice. For me, I felt like I could run forever and just enjoy the beauty of everything around me. It was a feeling that is very hard to put into words, almost like an out-of-body experience. Read more »
Burnout of student athletes is relatively new to scientific study. What has been learned over the last twenty years is important information for coaches, parents, and athletes. Knowing the contributing factors to overall cause will help in prevention and early detection of burnout among athletes. If burnout runs its full course an athlete will withdrawal from their sport, often indefinitely, and may suffer other consequences throughout their life outside sport.
“He forgot to ask how I really feel… He didn’t have this understanding or ability to set boundaries for his own eagerness” (Gustafsson et al., 405).
This term has been a rough one for me and a sports pyschologist is probably what I needed. However, I was lucky to have been taking this class and have tried to apply it to what is actually happening in my life.
I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions, though, of what they would do if their athlete was undergoing some tough situations at home;
Parents losing jobs, foreclosure on their house, parents introuble with the law, siblings or sick parents, etc.
How do we help our athletes deal with outside troubles?
This last weekend I had the opportunity to go to a softball tournament my sister was in. My sister is 16 and playing on an 18U team. She is the tallest on her team, but the youngest. So during the game a girl from the other team struck out, but since it got away from the catcher she ran to first. The catcher picked up the ball and threw it to my sister at first base. My sister went to tag the girl out, but the batter ran straight into my sister. The batter then claimed that my sister shouldered her. Read more »
This paper is a reflection and summary of an article that tests the inverted-u theory. This theory says that as arousal increases, so does performance to a particular point. After this point any further arousal will result in poorer performance. One of the criticisms of this theory is the lack of testing as well as the interchange of the words arousal and anxiety.
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Reinforcement plays a hugh role in a player developement. Both positive and negative reinforcements are very necessary for a well rounded and grounded player. Positive reinforcement is necessary to let the player know that he is doing things the right way and has attained the goal of performing that specific task. Negative reinforcement is necessary to let the player know that heis not doing things the right way and needs to keep working to perform the task. A balance of both is important in my opinion. No one is perfect, so negative reinforcement is needed sometimes and no one is always wrong so positive reinforcement is needed sometimes. I am a fan of using both types of reinforcement together as much as I can. Read more »
So much emphasis is placed on the fact that exercise and eating healthy makes you lose weight. I once had a store worker tell me "You don't look like you need to exercise!" when I asked if they had a certain exercie video. I honestly think that most people believe exercising and eating healthy is ONLY important for being thin and looking good. Read more »
Recently Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga threw a perfect game, but the ump made a terrible call on the last out of the game and ruled the runner safe. Consequently the perfect game was ruined and all the ump could do was say he was sorry later. The pitcher really showed good character and smiled when the ump called him safe and accepted his apology saying that he is only human. There was a lot of backlash elsewhere though, and the ump, Jim Joyce has been harshly criticized and was boo'd in the stadium, yelled at by the manager among thousands of other angry fans. The psychological abuse this ump will have to endure is terrible. Read more »
Scenario: I am the director of fitness at a local club. As part of my job, I am to recruit corporate membership packages. A recent account picked up was when 10 employees of a local business agreed to 2-year membership contracts. Each individual wanted to “get in shape” as a personal goal and is a working professional. These contracts are binding and the individuals come on a volunteer basis. Our trainers are available regularly for members use. Each member received a training plan from one of the trainers, but after a month attendance began slipping and becoming erratic. Read more »
I have a 20 year old male who participates in Track and Field as a distance runner. His primary event is the 5k, which is 12.5 laps around a track. This athlete is a very talented runner in his own respect put has a poor training group, ie none of them are even close to his talent level. This athletes style of effective and fast running is to run the first 6 laps at a steady controlled pace, then go faster on each subsequent lap until the final two laps until he runs 49 second splits which causes other runners to “kick” with him and burn out very early. This style of racing is very effective for placing in large meets when done correctly, not necessarily the best for running fast times. Read more »
A situation I have often found myself in is batting against a pitcher I deem at good. There are a few pitchers in the conference that for some reason I never think I can hit. (Thank goodness these two pitchers were seniors and will not be around next year). I walk up to the plate, do my routine and look at the pitcher. I start to tense up and my hands go into a power grip. I feel as if I have to prove to myself that I can hit these pitchers.
Some negative thoughts that go through my mind are; I can't hit inside, she is going to hit me, I am just going to strike-out, I am failing my team. Read more »
I stumbled onto a remarkably effective training technique about a week ago and wanted some feedback and opinions from this group. It is in reference to focus. I have coached for more than 10 years and like many of you have been coached on more than one occasion. One prevalent factor that continually comes up during coaching sessions, weather I am coaching or being coached, is focus. Easily defined as the concentration of attention or energy on something, focus plays a huge role in athletics but can athletes have different levels of focus? I believe they can and last week I had an amazing discovery. I coach several elite level youth tennis players and during a performance session I tricked one of them into attaining a new level of focus Read more »
List of References:
Davis, P. A. & Sime, W. E. (2005). Toward a psychophysiology of performance: Sport psychology principles dealing with anxiety. International Journal of Stress Management, 12(4), 363-378.
Peden, Andrew. (2007). Cognitive Techniques to Manage Performance Anxiety in Tennis. Coaching & Sport Science Review, 43, 12.
Janelle, C.M. & Murray, N.P. (2003). Anxiety and Performance: A Visual Examination of the Processing Efficiency Theory. Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, 25(2), 171-187.
Janelle, C.M. & Murray, N.P. (2003). Anxiety and Performance: A Visual Examination of the Processing Efficiency Theory. Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, 25(2), 171-187.Read more »
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