SASI psyche in 21st century: makeover or renovation?

Christensen, Steven A. and Lamont-Mills, Andrea and Annis-Brown, Peter (2007) SASI psyche in 21st century: makeover or renovation? In: South Australian Sports Institute Coach and Sport Science Professional Development Program, Adelaide, South Australia.

Abstract

In this presentation we pose the question – how would you begin to update SASI Psyche for a contemporary audience of young athletes? Our answer to this question has two parts. Firstly, we draw on our experiences constructing an elementary sport psychology program for Northern Inland Academy of Sport (NIAS) athletes living in northwest NSW. These experiences have taught us that any innovation to psychological skills training involves conceptual, technical, and service delivery components. Secondly, we contrast a makeover with a renovation. That is, we contrast immediate and logical changes such as shifting SASI Psyche audiotapes to a digital format (i.e., technical) and making them available as a download from the SASI website for a Podcast (i.e., service delivery) with a wider reform process. This reform involves considering the conceptual features of contemporary sport psychology. One overlooked feature is the generational imprint that the baby-boomer forefathers of sport psychology have left on psychological skills training. A central point of this presentation is that just as it is unrealistic to expect contemporary young athletes to use Walkman technology in 2007, so it may be equally unrealistic to expect that this generation of athletes will embrace the implicit values and ideals of the baby-boomer generation: values and ideals that are imbedded in much of contemporary sport psychology. Instead we suggest that a renovation of SASI Psyche would not only involve technical and service delivery change, like those suggested above, but also adopt some conceptual reforms. For instance, one reform that we display in this paper is conceptualising young athletes as being shaped by the social conditions (i.e., economic, social, cultural and political factors) faced by their generation (c.f., Wyn & Woodman, 2006). Our position on the question, how would you begin to update SASI Psyche for a contemporary audience of young athletes, is to recognise that updating SASI Psyche is more that just a technical issue.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © Steven Christensen and Andrea Lamont-Mills, 2007.
Depositing User: Mr Steven Christensen
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Psychology
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:54
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2013 23:28
Uncontrolled Keywords: sport psychology; psychological skills training; South Australian Institute of Sport
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170114 Sport and Exercise Psychology
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170103 Educational Psychology
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/1942

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