Assessments in sport psychology are designed to provide objective measures of one or more psychological characteristics related to human performance. These assessments utilize a scientific method used to measure individuals' mental skills and also their attentional, behavioural and motivational styles. Consequently, these assessments give athletes, sport psychologists and coaches an objective measure and point from which to design and plan intervention strategies to enhance performance.
The most common of these assessments deal with pre-performance anxiety and their impact on athlete confidence. Others include:
Mental Skills Assessments,
Fear of Failure and Success,
Internal versus External Control,
Intrinsic versus Extrinsic Motivation,
Grit, Player Confidence, Mental Toughness & Resilience, and Leadership.
The Mindroom Olympic Mental Toughness training workbook consists of 22 modules that highlight the following performance skills: (e.g., Peak Performance, Mental Toughness, Psychological Skills & Strategies, Breaking Through Your Performance Barriers, Performance Profiles, Goal Setting, Concentration & Focus, Imagery, Your Ideal Performance State, Goal Setting, Confidence, Composure, Attention Control Training, Imagery, Trust, Quality Practice, Pre and Competition and Post Competition Plans, etc.). Following each section, exercises ensure individualization of the mental skills and integration within the athlete's pre-performance routines and game plans. What is offered is not a quick fix providing temporary results, but rather a structured perspective that will allow young athletes to maximize their athletic potential consistently on demand and more reliably under pressure.
Sport science research has examined world-class athletes to assess how self-regulation has impacted their performance. This research has demonstrated that elite athletes and their overall self-regulation skills predicted better performance under pressure. More importantly, enhancing one’s self-regulation skills enhances athletes’ level of confidence in dealing with challenge under pressure. The Mindroom HRV program teaches athletes how to control their autonomic nervous system through their physiology: Heart Rate (HR), Respiration Rate (RR), Skin Conductance (SC), Skin Temperature (ST) and Muscle Tension (EMG). Heart Rate Variability (HRV) is an important biomarker of health and physiological resilience to environmental demands. Specifically, athletes will learn skills to manage their emotions, monitor their HRV and enhance their rest & recovery strategies, attentional focus and decision-making under pressure.
Perceptual-motor exercises involving visual eye movement teaches athletes gaze control strategies with respect to where and how they perceive their visual field in order to interpret the information quickly and make a decisive decision by focusing on specific target cues under time pressure (Klein, 1999). Applications are discussed for both closed skill sports (e.g., golf, shooting, archery) and open skill sports (e.g., hockey, football, basketball etc.). Participants will have the opportunity to do vision training as part of the practicum during the course. Multiple visual tracking technologies are used to enhance cue recognition, anticipation, selective and distributed attention, awareness, focus, and switching from situational to tactical awareness when reading the play and making decisive decisions.
Borrowing from perception-action coupling theory, we put athletes in simulated conditions and utilize video occlution to force athletes to make decisions under time pressure. The coach can monitor both the athletes quality of decision and reaction-time are measured to render feedback at the end of the training video-simulator session. In addition, eye-tracking technology can be utilized to enhance player feedback on visual cue recognition and anticipation when working with their coaches. Finally, the Mindroom has partnered with International Olympic Centres (Downhill, Snowboarding, Biathlon), the Military and professional teams in the NFL, MLB & NHL to build sport-specific Decision simulators and Decision-training protocols.
The Mindroom "Athlete Readiness and Recovery Indexes” are offered to partners and clients who want to take a scientific approach to both designing and monitoring training loads with readiness and recovery in mind. Appropriate load monitoring can demonstrate positive adaptations to training versus developing non-functional overreaching, over training and/or mitigate against risk of injury. Mindroom monitoring tools include biomarkers such as: cardiovascular markers (Heart rate variability - HRV), neuro-cognitive indicators, neuromuscular function, biochemical, hormonal, perceptual-motor speed (reaction-time), sleep quality and quantity. Proprietary algorithms also consider individualization and weighing for individual versus team sports and endurance athletes. The Mindroom Athlete Readiness Index offers teams and athletes a real-time objective marker of physical and mental readiness to allow key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) to be identified and charted on a monthly and weekly basis against performance trends.
The Sport Science Team includes the following professionals working together to form an Integrated Support Team (IST): Sports Medicine Doctor, Athletic therapist, Physiologist, Biomechanics, Sport Psychologist, Nutritionist, Technicians, Strength & Conditioning, Analytics, etc). Today, most Olympic and professional teams have all moved toward a high performance team approach. The primary role of the Sport Science Team is to track and monitor athletes in training and competition to ensure they are achieving their performance objectives. These objectives are measured by utilizing the athlete data to develop athlete profiles to identify Key Performance Indicators (KPI's) for each athlete charted versus the performance data.
The Sport Science Team works jointly with the Sports Medicine Team in establishing performance goals, athlete profiles, and the development of Key Performance Indicators for each athlete on the Team. The Sports Medicine team would normally comprise of: Sports Medicine Doctors, Athletic Therapists, Physical Therapists, Dentists, Physician Specialists, etc., for the purpose of athlete injury management and return-to-play protocols through the utilization of a multidisciplinary Sports Medicine Team. Global database access to Emergency Medical Records (EMR) in real time is critical for quality of athlete injury management.