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Coaching the Mind

Introducing coaches to the role of mental skills in paddlesport development and performance, this three hour module relates the area of mental skills training to coaching and paddler development.

This module introduces the concepts of mental skills training, imagery training, concentration training and styles and optimal arousal and arousal control strategies to coaches in the paddlesport environment.

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By the end of this workshop participants should have achieved the following learning outcomes:

  • Understand the place and value of mental skills training in paddlesport
  • Understand processes and practices necessary to develop mental skills
  • Describe applications of imagery in paddlesport training and performance arenas Understand multi-sensory nature of imagery and internal/external perspectives
  • Experience exercises in imagery training
  • Understand the various styles of attentional focus and the appropriateness to paddlesport situations
  • Experience exercises in concentration training
  • Understand the concept of optimal arousal and its application within paddlesport
  • Explore strategies for lowering arousal and practice a basic relaxation technique
  • Explore strategies for raising arousal and practice a basic ‘psyching up’ technique
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This is a land-based module delivered in 3 hours of contact time.

Participants should be prepared to participate in practical activities as part of this course. The Coaching the Mind Foundation Module is an attendance course and there is no formal assessment.

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On completion of the Coaching the Mind Foundation Module the course provider will submit successful participants for certification.

British Canoeing will then issue an attendance certificate subject to a certification fee of £5 for British Canoeing members or £10 for non-members.

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