6 Steps to Developing Confident Athletes

Learn 6 basic sport psychology steps to help you to increase the confidence of your players and athletes
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  • Lectures 30
  • Contents Video: 2.5 hours
    Other: 42 mins
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 6/2015 English

Course Description

This course is all about developing confident and successful athletes. It includes a 6 step guide to helping coaches improve their players performance. This course has been developed for coaches of all ages and from all backgrounds. The course includes over 3 hours of content which is delivered through powerpoint presentations. It is split up into 6 sections which include basic psychological principles to help coaches to increase their players confidence. Topics included within this course are:

  • Imagery
  • Pre Performance Routines
  • Deep Breathing
  • Goal Setting
  • Mindset
  • Coach feedback
  • Anxiety
Take this course now to not only improve your psychological skills as a coach but to help to improve the psychological performance of your athletes.

What are the requirements?

  • You do not need any previous knowledge of sports psychology to take this course

What am I going to get from this course?

  • You will learn how to apply basic sport psychology principles to your coaching
  • Understand key psychological principles needed to increase athletes confidence
  • Use goal setting to improve your own and others performance
  • Understand how imagery and pre performance routines can influence confidence

What is the target audience?

  • Sport coaches who want a basic understanding of sport psychology principles
  • Sport coaches from all levels including grassroots and elite
  • Coaches who want to learn how to develop confident athletes
  • Coaches who want to improve their own psychological performance
  • This course has not been designed for athletes

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Section 1: Introduction to 6 Steps to Developing Confident Athletes

Welcome to our course the 6 steps to developing confident athletes. Have a listen to our introductory lecture where we will explain what you are going to learn on this course.

Section 2: Understanding Confidence in Sport

By the end of this lecture you will understand what confidence is and the different types of confidence


Confidence can have a number of benefits for athletes and it is important to know what influence it can have on performance.


To develop confidence it is important to understand what role the environment plays within this process. We will look at a number of different sources which can influence your athletes confidence.


Within this short lecture you will learn whether it is important to measure confidence among athletes. Most coaches want to measure psychological aspects of performance and we shall discuss whether it is important to measure the confidence of your players.

Section 3: Step 1: Success Versus Failure

As a coach it is important to understand how you influence your players successful experiences. Within this lecture we will discuss how you can help your players to experience more success.


Within this lecture we will talk about how the environment will influence the confidence of your players and how you can help them to experience more success.


After completing this section you will understand and learn about the different types of goals that can be used within sport. You will learn about the benefits of setting goals and how you can effectively use them among your athletes.


Successful experiences are important for developing confidence, however failure can also teach us a number of lessons. It is important to teach your players about failure and how it can help them to become a better player.

Section 4: Step 2: Deliver Effective Feedback

These are a few examples of how not to give feedback to your players.


When coaching how often do you think about the type of praise which you offer to your players? How often do you think about how this will influence your players confidence? Do you praise the result or the process? We are going to discuss why it is important to start praising the effort and hard work which your athletes put in to achieve their results.


Developing an effective mindset is important for any coach. Within this lecture you will learn how your feedback will influence the mindset of your players.


For coaches it is important to be aware of how you talk to players. Your language will influence their emotions, behaviours and mood. This lecture will explore how you can change your language to increase your players confidence.


As coaches it is important to understand individual differences. Every player is difference and coaches must start to acknowledge this.

Section 5: Step 3: Use The Power of Imagery

This short lecture will help you to understand what imagery is.


Imagery can have a number of benefits to athletes and one of those is to increase confidence.


For coaches it is important to learn how to effectively use imagery in sport. This lecture will go through a short process to help coaches to use in real life settings.

Section 6: Step 4: Be Aware of your Athletes Wellbeing

As a coach it is important to understand how you can influence the wellbeing of your athletes.


Within this lecture you will learn about the role of the environment and how this can influence a players confidnece, success and wellbeing.

Section 7: Step 5: Learn to Demonstrate Skills Effectively

This is an introductory lecture exploring modeling and the social learning theory.


When demonstrating skills we must understand how athletes are motivated and the role of the coach. This lecture will explore motivation in more depth and how you can motivate your players.


When demonstrating skills it is important that you help athletes to pay attention. As a coach it is your role to keep the athletes motivated.


We can teach players to practice skills but are they keeping and storing the information in their mind?

Section 8: Step 6: Help Players to Manage Anxiety

All players experience anxiety at some point before performance. Athletes must learn how to manage their anxiety and use it to their advantage.


Within this lecture we will look at how you can start to help athletes to view anxiety as facilitative to their performance.


Pre performance routines are a great tool to help to reduce anxiety which can improve confidence.


In this lecture we will go through a number of short steps that you can use to develop an effective pre performance routine. These will include cue words, breathing and self talk.


To be in the best physical and mental state it is important for athletes to learn how to relax. Ratio breathing is a great technique to help athletes stay in the zone.

Section 9: Summary

We will summarise the key points which you have learnt across this course

Section 10: Free Confidence Booklet
42 pages

As part of our short course we have given you a copy of Sport and Exercise Psychologist Paul Russell's Confidence Booklet which he has developed and designed to improve athletes confidence. The booklet includes some great tips and advice which we highly recommend you use with athletes.

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Instructor Biography

Believe Perform, Online Sports Psychology Courses

BelievePerform is dedicated to increasing the awareness of sport and exercise psychology among the sport community. We offer high quality online courses which are run and developed by performance psychologists. This content has been designed to help coaches, athletes, students, teachers and parents to improve their psychological performance.

We have a great team who have developed the courses who all have fantastic experience within the field of sports psychology. Courses will look at a range of topics that offer applied advice to help you to improve your performance on and off the pitch.


The courses which we have developed provide the sport community with basic sport psychology advice, knowledge and tips. Our courses are a minimum of 2 hours long and a maximum of 6 hours. The courses are delivered via powerpoint with high quality audio and can include quizzes and PDF booklets to work through. Join us on this exciting journey to improve your knowledge within the psychology of sport!

Instructor Biography

Paul Russell, Performance Psychologist

Paul is a Chartered Sport and Exercise Psychologist with the British Psychological Society, a Registered Practitioner Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council, an Accredited Sport and Exercise Scientist (Psychology) with the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences and a Chartered Scientist.

Paul started his career has a Physical Education teacher and has been a Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology at a UK university for over 15 years.

As a practitioner Paul has consulted for the English Institute of Sport preparing GB athletes and GB Teams for Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth Championships. Paul worked as a Sports Psychologist with athletes and National Governing Bodies from 7 Olympic sports.

Paul has also worked extensively in Premiership football (soccer), professional boxing, First Class cricket, Super League (Rugby Union), and Premiership Rugby Union.

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