• Deakin University

Coaching the Mental Game

Learn how coaches in sport and business can help players reach their full potential both mentally and physically.

2,665 enrolled on this course

A team of young women football players with a coach
  • Duration

    2 weeks
  • Weekly study

    3 hours

Apply frameworks, principles and strategies for coaching players mentally

Culture is one of the primary mental conditioners in sport and it affects players’ performance and continued development.

Coaches are responsible for establishing a team’s culture either intentionally or unintentionally.

On this course, you’ll explore how an empowering culture, servant leadership or player-centred approach can help to create ideal mindsets.

You’ll learn how to foster an environment that enables people to perform to their potential and understand how to coach the mental game.

What topics will you cover?

  • The thinking and the instinctive brain and their separate functions in key moments of performance
  • The performance equation
  • Ways of enhancing players’ A-game
  • Dealing with the B-factors (situations and conditions)
  • The impact of past-present-future on players’ performance
  • The ‘zone.’

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

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Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Identify elements of the mental game
  • Explain key features of the thinking and the instinctive brain and their separate functions in key moments of performance
  • Apply frameworks, principles and strategies for coaching players' mental game
  • Reflect on your coaching practice incorporating insights gained through the course.

Who is the course for?

This course is aimed at anyone with an interest in sports or business coaching, but may be of particular interest to those already working in the area.

Who will you learn with?

I'm a Professor of Practice at Deakin University, coach of professional cricket teams and athletes, and business coach - which I do to support my surfing, fishing and stand-up paddling habits

Dr Pittaway, Senior Lecturer (Student Engagement) in Deakin University's Faculty of Business and Law, is passionate about learning and teaching and developing others' (and her own) potential.

Who developed the course?

Deakin University

Deakin University is one of Australia’s largest universities with more than 61,000 students and over 15,000 online.

  • Established

  • Location

    Melbourne, Australia
  • World ranking

    Top 280Source: QS World University Rankings 2021

Learning on FutureLearn

Your learning, your rules

  • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps to help you keep track of your learning
  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

Join a global classroom

  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
  • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

Map your progress

  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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