In the famous words of Nike, Just Do It!

Psychological Skills Training

Psychological skills training (PST) is as important to the athlete as physical training and can contribute 50-90% of their performance. Goal setting, self-talk, mental imagery and mental rehearsal, and relaxation are the four most prominent PST methods used by athletes. Like technical or tactical aspects of a sport, they must be learned, developed, and practiced by the athlete. Each athlete has different sporting needs, psychological skill development, orientations and experience, so every PST programme must be individualized to fit that athlete. This article discusses the conceptual basis of PST.


The Marathon

This article covers:

  • Factors that affect distance running performance
  • Goals in using a resistance training programme
  • Periodized resistance training programme
  • Benefits of resistance training
  • Physiological adaptations to resistance training
  • Dangers of resistance training
  • Other considerations

The 100-metre Sprint versus the Marathon

This article covers:

  • Energy and Energy Systems
  • Fuels and their Metabolic Pathways
  • Fuel Use in the 100-metre Sprint and the Marathon
  • Limitations of Fuel Stores and Supplies and Fatigue

Rugby Union

This article covers:

  • Characteristics of the sport
  • Energy requirements
  • Major causes of fatigue
  • Nutritional recommendations

Training the Different Power Systems

Both the anaerobic and aerobic power systems are important to the athlete and each need to be trained to optimize athletic performance. This article will discuss the different methods used to train both systems in order to increase the anaerobic and aerobic capacity of an athlete.

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