The Application Aspect of Sport Psychology
Every human being is uniquely endowed with an uncanny range of skills, depending on a wide range of physical, environmental and genetic factors. Sporting excellence too is a by-product of the balance of opposites like planning and intuition, emotion and rationale, and risk-taking and restraint. In the context of any sport, high levels of performance are often a reflection of one’s ability to display these multi-faceted skills comprehensively, on-demand. some can be straightaway correlated to core body performance, while some others may have born with the complex dual effect of mind-body responses. Any modern sport demands a judicious mix of core body performance as well as mind-body combo output with a tilt more towards the latter, which in turn is linked to one’s ability to learn, develop and perfectly master the motor performance. Motor performance in simple terms is one’s ability to learn, develop and store information for reproduction and display of a wide range of ‘skills’, when needed. Any sport per se being competitive in nature, there is an inherent and consistent need for a healthy comparison of one individual with another or a team of sportsmen with another team, by scientifically acceptable means, with a view to raising the performance bar. It would in real terms imply a comparison of the performance linked attributes of one with those of the other. The ready availability of ways and means of doing the comparison with an appropriate rationale would be the ideal prerequisites for the assessment of any sportsman or athlete, to probe the complex gray area of the mind-body response processes more accurately, without sacrificing they are well being. .
The key sport psychology domains which matter among others include. distinguishing skills and motor abilities with special focus on their acquisition, presentation, performance and measurement methodologies. the role played by theories of motor control and motor development. .