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E. coaches). 30 psychology for coaches Cognitive evaluation theory (CET), a sub-theory of SDT, was proposed by Deci and Ryan (1985) to illustrate and explain variability in intrinsic motivation (Ryan and Deci 2000). g. rewards, feedback and the nature of communication) can facilitate or forestall intrinsic motivation by supporting or thwarting the innate psychological needs of autonomy and competence. For example, threats, deadlines, directives, pressured evaluation and imposed goals have been shown to undermine intrinsic motivation, whereas choice, acknowledgement of feelings and opportunities for self-direction have been associated with increases in intrinsic motivation (for a fuller review, see Ryan and Deci 2000).

This has been evidenced by the number of athletes and coaches now looking to sport psychology to gain an edge over their competitors (Williams and Straub 2001). Despite this recognition, coaches’ application of sport psychology has been, and often remains, ad hoc and unstructured in nature. The aim of this chapter is to further illuminate the value of sport psychology to coaches and, rather than simply providing a ‘how-to’ of techniques, to illustrate how appropriate theoretical principles can be systematically applied to maximise athletic performances.

Coaches). 30 psychology for coaches Cognitive evaluation theory (CET), a sub-theory of SDT, was proposed by Deci and Ryan (1985) to illustrate and explain variability in intrinsic motivation (Ryan and Deci 2000). g. rewards, feedback and the nature of communication) can facilitate or forestall intrinsic motivation by supporting or thwarting the innate psychological needs of autonomy and competence. For example, threats, deadlines, directives, pressured evaluation and imposed goals have been shown to undermine intrinsic motivation, whereas choice, acknowledgement of feelings and opportunities for self-direction have been associated with increases in intrinsic motivation (for a fuller review, see Ryan and Deci 2000).

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