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Master of Science
Psychological skills training continues to grow in popularity amongst athletes and coaches of various levels. However, there is still a lack of research in different populations on the benefits of psychological skills training. The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of a psychological skills training program on the hitting performance and Athletic Coping Skills Inventory-28 of elite youth baseball players.
A total of 27 participants completed a baseline, pre-test, and post-test hitting test along with pre-test and post-test ACS[-28 measures. A 6-month follow up ACSI-28 and focus group was conducted with 17 of the original participants. The psychological skills training program consisted of a 30-minute session each week for 8 weeks.
Following analyses, a positive correlation was found between the psychological skills training program with hitting performance and ACSl-28 scores. Specifically, a significant increase was found for the subscales: concentration, confidence and achievement motivation, goal setting and mental preparation, and peaking under pressure. At the 6-rnonth follow up, all subscales remained similar with the exception of peaking under pressure, which returned to pre-test values. While limited by no control group, this study provides preliminary evidence that a psychological skills training program may increase baseball hitting performance and different psychological skills as well as have long-term benefits for the athletes.
Hammerlinck, Andrew, "The Effect of Psychological Skills Training on Elite Youth Baseball Hitting Performance" (2017). Theses. 742.
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