College of Health Sciences & Human Performance

Date of Award

5-2007

Document Type

Research Project Report

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Kinesiology

First Advisor

Patricia Sherblom, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

James A. Eldridge, Ed.D.

Third Advisor

Douglas F. Hale, Ph.D.

Abstract

The purpose of the study was to determine if there were significant differences in the use, administration, frequency, and coaches’ perceived benefit of psychological skills training (PST) among NCAA Division I teams that qualified for a regional tournament, teams that did not qualify for a regional tournament with .500 or above wining percentage, and teams that did not qualify for a regional tournament with below .500 winning percentage. No significant differences were found between more and less successful NCAA Division I softball teams in the use, administration, frequency, and coaches’ perceived benefit of PST based on performance with the season outcome as the measure of success. It is likely that the accuracy to which a coach matches the potential skills, administrators, and frequency of PST to the needs of the team may be the significant component of psychological skills training. Future studies are recommended.

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