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Pressure Training: From Research to Applied Practice

Low, W, Stoker, M, Butt, J and Maynard, I (2023) Pressure Training: From Research to Applied Practice. Journal of Sport Psychology in Action. ISSN 2152-0712

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Pressure training (PT) strategically increases pressure during training to improve athletes’ abilities to cope with pressure in competition. Although evidence suggests that PT can improve performance under pressure, implementation of PT can be challenging in applied settings. The purpose of this article is to guide sport psychology practitioners and coaches in conducting PT at both elite and lower levels of sport. We first outline basics of PT, including who will benefit from the intervention and when to conduct it. We also clarify the purpose of PT and distinguish it from other forms of coaching that may seem similar. The next section includes steps for conducting PT effectively. Based on research and applied practice, these recommendations address how to create pressure and how to establish training environments that are conducive to PT. Each recommendation describes a principle that can guide practitioners and coaches as they tailor PT to specific sports and levels of competition. We argue that the use of negative consequences, an existing or “baseline” level of pressure, and involvement of coaches are key ingredients for conducting PT that promotes athletes’ development.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV561 Sports > GV711 Coaching
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV561 Sports
Divisions: Sport & Exercise Sciences
Publisher: Taylor and Francis Group
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2023 12:32
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2023 12:32
DOI or ID number: 10.1080/21520704.2022.2164098
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/18698
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