Coaching for the Inner Edge

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Former collegiate basketball coach and esteemed sport psychology consultant Robin Vealey reinvents the mental coaching game with this comprehensive and innovative textbook designed for both students and professionals alike. In Coaching for the Inner Edge, this former Olympic training consultant draws on and synthesizes a wealth of insider's material and knowledge into an easy-to-digest, understandable coaching guidebook. She integrates diverse and current literature, adds her own unique blend of anecdotes and insight, and offers experiential learning activities that go one step beyond your average coaching book. Coaching for the Inner Edge is a must-have for those teaching in coaching education programs or psychology of coaching courses, or for anyone just interested in improving mental performance in sport.

CONTENTS

Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .xi

Part 1 Establishing a Solid Foundation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1

Chapter 1 Understanding Sport Psychology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3

Chapter 2 Developing and Living a Practical Coaching Philosophy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13

Chapter 3 Motivation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23

Chapter 4 Communication . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49

Chapter 5 Leadership . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .75

Chapter 6 Team Cohesion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .105

Part 2 Mental Training Tool Box . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . . . . . . . . .131

Chapter 7 Beyond Shrinks:What Coaches Should Know About Mental Training . . . . . . . . . . . . . .133

Chapter 8 Goal Mapping . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .149

Chapter 9 Imagery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .177

Chapter 10 P3 Thinking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .201

Chapter 11 Physical Relaxation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .225

Part 3 Mental Skills for Athletes: The Big Three . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . .237

Chapter 12 Attentional Focus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . .239

Chapter 13 Managing Energy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . .267

Chapter 14 Self-Confidence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .299

Part 4 Putting It All Together . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .319

Chapter 15 Implementing Mental Training: Selecting from the Menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .321

Chapter 16 Common Challenges Faced by Coaches: Special Recipes . . . . . .  . . . . . . . . . . . . .335

Postscript . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .357

Resource Guide for Coaches . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .359

References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .361

Appendices List . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .371

Appendices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .372

Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

About the Author . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

 

 

 

"Vealey's book, Coaching for the Inner Edge, is a comprehensive, practical, invaluable resource for coaches at all levels ... Vealey’s performance enhancement blueprint is wonderfully written, enjoyable to read, easy to understand, and important to apply."

-- Dr. Colleen M. Hacker, mental training consultant for the U.S. Women‘s National Soccer Team and coach of 3-time nation champion Pacific Lutheran University women’s soccer team.

 

"I have yet to find another coaching or sport psychology text that captures the essence of the mental aspect of coaching in such a comprehensive and creative way."

-- Dr. Wade Gilbert, Fresno State University professor and leading scholar in the study of coaches and coaching practice.

 

"The book enables those working with athletes to find information quickly and get ideas for helping athletes to increase their mental skills ... An outstanding book."

-- Dr. Challace McMillin, professor, mental training consultant, and former head football coach of James Madison University.