Category Archives: Psychology

Discuss three implications for professional practice that you derived from the theories and scientific data in this chapter.

1.  How might you tailor coaching strategies to individuals who are trying to deal with stress and

anxiety? Give an example.

 

2.  Discuss three implications for professional practice that you derived from the theories and scientific

data in this chapter.

 

3.  The chapter begins with the story of Jason coming to bat in a pressure situation. Given what you

have learned, what could Jason do to manage his anxiety and play well? How could you help him

view his anxiety as facilitative rather than debilitative?

Discuss the notion of decompetition versus competition as put forth by Shields and Bredemeier.

 

1.   How do boys and girls view competition differently? What are some of the causes of these

differences?

 

2.  Discuss the notion of decompetition versus competition as put forth by Shields and Bredemeier.

 

3.   Johnson and Johnson favor cooperation over competition. However, they say there is a limited

place for competition under certain conditions. Discuss these conditions, including your reasons for

agreeing or disagreeing. 9. Discuss the value of cooperation in business and military settings.

What strategies can be used to combat sexual prejudice in sport and physical activity settings?

 

1.  What strategies can be used to combat sexual prejudice in sport and physical activity settings?

 

2.  What is the relationship between diversity and performance? What explanations are given for this

relationship?

 

3.  As part of an exchange program, you are traveling with a sports team to Tanzania. What are some

implicit biases or blind spots that might characterize your thoughts, feelings, and actions when

interacting with the athletes and coaches from that country?

Do you think that you fall prey to weight bias?

 

1.  Do you think that you fall prey to weight bias? What about your classmates? If so, why? How might

weight bias negatively influence physical activity participation of people who are overweight or

obese? What should you do if a classmate is demonstrating weight bias?

 

2.   You have befriended an international student who joined your athletic team but has never been

out of her home country before. Based on what you know about acculturating immigrant athletes,

design a program to help her make the transition to your team and a new country

  Discuss how measuring cohesion has developed via questionnaires.

Discuss how measuring cohesion has developed via questionnaires.

 

2.   Findings in the research literature on the cohesion–performance relationship have been

inconsistent. Explain whether or how the types of instruments used to measure these two factors

and the demands of the task have affected this relationship.

 

3.   Although researchers have focused on the cohesion–performance relationship, cohesion appears

to be related to several other potentially important variables. Discuss the relationship of cohesion

to four factors other than performance.

How could you enhance group cohesion among participants in exercise classes?

 

1.  Although it is often considered the job of a coach to build

team cohesion, athletes can also help in the process. If you were an athlete on a team lacking

cohesion, what might you do to build your team’s unity?

 

2.   How could you enhance group cohesion among participants in exercise classes?

 

3.   You are a new coach who has inherited a high school team that had a great deal of dissension and

in-fighting last season. Using the guidelines provided in this chapter, discuss what you would do

before and during the season to build both task and social cohesion and identify team values in

your team. Support your plan with research where appropriate.

What would you say to your players to indicate that they are loafing, and what strategies would you use to help the team to stop loafing?

1.    You are a new physical education teacher and you want to better understand the personal

relationships among your students so you can maximize your teaching strategies. You believe that

a sociogram might be a good way to achieve this goal. Explain how a sociogram can help you

understand the interpersonal attraction and cohesion of your class. Draw a hypothetical sociogram

of your class (limit it to 15 people) and explain what information this gives you regarding the

development of cohesion.

 

2.     You are a coach of a team sport, and you see that not everyone is hustling on every play. What

would you say to your players to indicate that they are loafing, and what strategies would you use

to help the team to stop loafing?

   Discuss three new technologies and how they can be used to enhance performance in sport.

 

1.   Discuss three new technologies and how they can be used to enhance performance in sport.

 

2.   Discuss the reasons why elite baseball players can hit a baseball thrown at more than 90 miles

per hour but cannot hit a softball thrown at 65 miles per hour.

 

3.  You are a coach, and you decide that you want to implement a PST program starting in the off-

season. How will you do it? What are some of the potential pitfalls you should be aware of, and

what would you do to overcome them?

Discuss how you would help an athlete effectively cope with the yips

 

1.    Discuss what the research says about resilience as well as five specific things you could do with

athletes to enhance resilience.

 

2.   Discuss how you would help an athlete effectively cope with the yips

 

3.   You are getting ready to play the championship game to end your volleyball season in 2 weeks.

You know that some of your players will be tense and anxious, especially because it’s the first time

your team has reached the final game. And you have a few players who are always slow starters

and seem lethargic at the beginning of competitions. What kinds of techniques and strategies

would you use to get your players ready for this championship game?

 

Discuss the research investigating imagery and group dynamics.

 

1. Describe five components that need to be considered when implementing an imagery training

program.

 

2. Discuss the research investigating imagery and group dynamics.

 

3. Think of a sport or physical activity you enjoy (or used to enjoy). If you were to use imagery to help

improve your performance as well as enhance your participation experience, how would you put

together an imagery training program for yourself? What would be the major goals of this

program? What factors would you have to consider in order to enhance the effectiveness of your

imagery?