How To Use ACT To Improve Your Coaching In Sport #BITESIZE

How To Use ACT To Improve Your Coaching In Sport #BITESIZE

Trevor Jones

Trevor Jones is a PGA Professional Golfer and mental performance coach who works with golfers on increasing their psychological flexibility, allowing them to better step up to the challenges of learning and performance. 

He has studied and practiced the psychological flexibility model, behaviour analysis and relational frame theory for the past 8 years, which have been shown in clinical trials to have positive effects in a vast array of settings, including human performance and wellbeing.  Trevor has completed courses in Acceptance and Commitment Training and DNA-V for young people.  He is an active member of the Association of Contextual Behavioural Science Health, Sport and Human Performance SIG.

Many athletes, golfers or people in everyday life take their thoughts too seriously.  They then get caught up overthinking and it causes havoc with their decision making.  In golfing terms, paralysis by analysis can take over, when the pressure is on and the result is often poor shots and missed putts.  And lots of frustration! 

In this episode, Trevor Jones a PGA Professional Golf Coach and Mental Performance Coach and I chat about this topic where he shares as a coach how he uses Acceptance Commitment Therapy or Training (ACT) to help golfers and other athletes deal with these challenges.   

Key Learning Points:

  • Feeling confident on every shot is unrealistic.
  • All humans experience self-doubt.
  • We all can get ahead of ourselves or get caught out dwelling on past mistakes.
  • Nurturing psychological flexibility is very helpful tool to have in your toolkit.
  • A challenge for you, seek to integrate mindfulness into your everyday life.

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David Charlton

Online Golf Performance Psychologist who supports many golfers around the world from the USA, United Kingdom, Ireland, United Arab Emirates, South Africa, Australian and New Zealand, using ONLINE Video Conferencing.    

Managing Director – Inspiring Sporting Excellence, Host of Demystifying Mental Toughness Podcast and Founder of The Sports Psychology Hub.  With over a decades’ experience supporting athletes, coaches, parents and teams to achieve their goals, faster. 

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