• 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

Coaching the Mental Game
  • Duration2 weeks
  • Weekly study3 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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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.

  • Established1974
  • LocationMelbourne, Australia
  • World rankingTop 280Source: QS World University Rankings 2021