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Coaching/Athlete Psychology Book Recommendations?

Posted: Thu May 21, 2015 8:56 pm
by theczar
Hi everyone

I'm looking to expand my coaching knowledge about coaching psychology, athlete psychology, competition psychology, or general sports psychology. Doesn't have to be specific to pole vault or even track and field.

Topics I'm looking for:
Training motivation
Game day/competition metal state
Injury recovery process
Positive self-image for athletes
Team dynamics and team building

Can anyone offer some recommendations?


Re: Coaching/Athlete Psychology Book Recommendations?

Posted: Thu May 21, 2015 9:20 pm
by KirkB
Here's a link to another thread on the same topic:

This is a good topic!

How many times have you noticed a high school athlete (that excelled in other sports) that would have made a great pole vaulter, if only he had the motivation?

And how many times have you had an aspiring young vaulter that lacked top-notch physical skills, but had the perseverance and mental determination to learn how to vault, and how to win?

For some, you either have this mental attitude or you don't (just like some are born with sprinter speed and some aren't), but whatever your starting point with a protege, I think you can make a significant difference in a vaulter's PR just by the way you coach him to be psychologically motivated and prepared to vault.

The sub-topics that you listed are good ones.


Re: Coaching/Athlete Psychology Book Recommendations?

Posted: Fri May 22, 2015 10:16 am
by GasPasser
Here's another suggestion to look into. Again, not having read or used either, I can't personally endorse them, but they were recommended to me by another vaulter/coach.