Mental Skills Training (MST)
My approach to Mental Skills Training (MST) involves:
Informing individuals of the integral role MST plays in achieving performance excellence and over-all well-being
Providing individuals with a clear understanding of the myths and misconceptions of MST (e.g., MST is a quick fix to achieving optimal performance).
All individuals are provided with a clear understanding that MST is most effective, like all skills, when they are applied consistently and systematically with regular application.
After providing a clear understanding of MST, individuals’ baselines and background are determined, including identifying strengths, challenge areas, and experiences, allowing me to develop individualized, systematic approaches for each individual.
MST can be introduced, acquired, and implemented in individual and group settings, supplemented with one-on-one sessions, ensuring the correct and most beneficial application of each facet of MST (e.g., imagery, confidence, motivation, goal setting, concentration, relaxation, energization, routines, positive self-talk).
Each facet of MST is integrated into an individuals’ skillset in three distinct phases.
Phase 1: Education
Education involves defining the specific mental skill (e.g., imagery), providing the background and the mechanisms of the skill, correct application of the skill, and establishing the individuals’ baseline for the specific skill.
Phase 2: Acquisition
Acquisition entails informing individuals how to correctly apply and utilize the skill most effectively.
Phase 3: Implementation
Implementation involves supporting the individual in establishing a routine for regular application of the skill to best benefit from the MST, supporting them in their achievement of performance excellence (Burton & Raedeke, 2008).
MST: Concentration, Focus and Managing Distractions
This MST video is a sample of one of my innumerable, flexible approaches to educating an individual about Concentration, Focus, and Managing Distractions in Sport and Performance. This video demonstrates my proficiency with delivering an overview of an integral facet of MST, as well as showcases my ability to work with the individuals’ background, allowing me to approach this individual with an individualized, systematic approach to support them most effectively. Since making this original clip, I am continuing to develop and improve my process and approach, including how to best articulate the information to each individual, as well as, how I check in with individual's regarding their comprehension of the material.