Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science


School of Sport, Recreation, & Exercise Sciences

First Advisor

Paul Wright

Second Advisor

Cynthia Schroeder

Third Advisor

Kathryn Tessmer


The purpose of this study was to assess the efficacy of developing and implementing an in-season Psychological Skills Training (PST) program to increase performance, mood state, and self-efficacy mental skills for elite cyclists. Additionally, the goal of the study was to develop a success profile for elite cyclists after completing a PST program. A collegiate cycling team formed the treatment group (N=25), who received a 12-week in-season PST program, and a similar demographical control group (N=28) received no mental skills training. Sports psychology instruments using pre- and posttest included the Sports Emotional Reaction Profile (SERP), Athletic Coping Skills Inventory-28 (ASCI-28). Profile of Mood States, and the Athlete identity Measurement Scale. Participation among elite cyclists in a 12-week long psychological skills in-season training program has shown to positively correlate self-efficacy toward psychological skills and emotional states. Based on USA-Cycling race results and parameters measured in the ASCl-28, a predictive success model was created using a linear regression analysis to filter highly correlative variables using other psychometric instruments (p<.01 ). High scores in confidence, self-discipline, and tension control on the SERP were highly predictive of success (p<.001).