Sport psychology for regional, rural, and remote pre-elite adolescent athletes

Christensen, Steven A. and Lamont-Mills, Andrea and Annis-Brown, Peter (2008) Sport psychology for regional, rural, and remote pre-elite adolescent athletes. In: Victorian Sport Psychology Conference (APS 2008), 24-25 Jan 2008, Melbourne, Australia.

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In this paper we describe how we have provided sport psychology to pre-elite adolescent athletes who live in the New England and North West Region of New South Wales. Providing sport psychology to regional, rural, and remote athletes is more challenging than it initially appears. It involves more than simply confronting the tyranny of distance that these athletes and their coaches and families face. The dilemma is how to make sport psychology relevant and accessible to athletes who live in or near small country towns that are a world away from State and National Sports Institutes and the sporting facilities that were built for Olympic and Commonwealth Games. Simply rolling out programs developed for city-based athletes fails to consider the psychological, social, economic, and political issues that confront young people who are growing up in regional, rural, and remote Australia. This short-changes these athletes. Instead providing sport psychology for this athlete population involves conceptual, technical, and service delivery innovation. A central feature of our redevelopment of sport psychology has been to construct it as low-cost, low-tech, and locally available mental equipment. We have developed the NIAS Mental Equipment Packs that contain small inexpensive objects as communication, concentration, motivation, emotional control, approach behaviours, and relaxation equipment that can be taken to competition and to training.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Deposited according to Publisher's requirements: 'This is an electronic version of a paper presented at the 2008 APS Victorian Sport Psychology Conference: Christensen, Steven A. and Lamont-Mills, Andrea and Annis-Brown, Peter (2008). Sport psychology for regional, rural, and remote pre-elite adolescent athletes. In: 2008 APS Victorian Sport Psychology Conference, 24-25 Jan 2008, Melbourne, Australia. (Unpublished)
Depositing User: Mr Steven Christensen
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Psychology
Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2008 05:51
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2014 02:14
Uncontrolled Keywords: sport psychology; adolescent athletes; regional; rural
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160804 Rural Sociology
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170114 Sport and Exercise Psychology
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170102 Developmental Psychology and Ageing
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/3847

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