PST Program & Portfolio

Students’ ability to apply the psychological skills training (PST) component of this course will be evaluated by having them design and carry out a psychological skills training program that targets their own performance in their chosen activity. The submitted report on the program will be worth 25%. Due Thursday, December 6, submitted via email – file name:  “lastname.pst.doc”.

Assignment Overview

This assignment is best viewed as having three parts:

  1.  Designing the program;
  2.  Doing the program;
  3.   Reporting on the program.

1) The report of the PST program should be in the form similar to a journal article – a great example of this is Seabourne et al.’s (1986) classic:  Seabourne et al. (1985).

Here is one of many guides (Google for more) on writing up a report:  How to write a psychology lab report.

2) The PST program must feature a mental training package of at least two of the five mental skills (Bacon, 1989).  Mental training must consist of at least five, 15-minute sessions that occur over a minimum of 10 days, and at least one of the practice sessions must consist of a “sport-specific” or competition version of a mental skill used “in vivo” (e.g., during a practice or game).

3) The result of the program must be evaluated using

  • a “pre-post” design:  use several (the most relevant to your goal/problem) of the questionnaires you have already taken as the “pre-“, then take them again after for a “post”)
  • a single subject “AB” design (overview can be found here). You will need to choose 1-2 “dependent measures” (probably a rating scale similar to the one you developed for your Elements of Excellence Questionnaire) that you will track for each day of your PST.  At the end of the study you will graph results using Excel and include this in your appendix.

4) You must reference three peer-reviewed journal articles that evaluate a PST program for your activity (or a highly similar activity – e.g., in the case of yo-yo – perhaps figure skating?).  This means use the information in this article to inform your program (include a brief review of the article in your introduction, contrast choice of techniques, compare results, etc.).

5) You must refer to ALL of the portfolio questionnaires/activities in reporting on the development/design of your program – AND include all of the portfolio documents in your appendix (follow APA rules for doing this)

6)  The text (Ch. 11) and Bacon (1989) are background reading – you should also read a review of PST to get additional depth to your background knowledge: Greenspan & Feltz, Suinn et al;., or Martin et al.

The key part of this assignment is to provide a very clear rationale and justification for why you have chosen the techniques used in your program.  This justification must be based on your portfolio assessments (used to make your program “individualized ” and “sport-specific” and the journal articles (used to make your program “sport-specific”).  We are assessing your ability to analyze and express your thoughts clearly.

7) In order to do a thorough job, you should probably reference nearly all of the materials in your portfolio.

8) You will submit your report via email to Tim in a file named “yourlastname.pst.doc” or it can be a PDF file.  All items related to your program must be contained in this file.  If you submit more than one file your work will be returned ungraded.

Examples of Previous Students’ Work on PST Programs

9) Here is an example of an A to A+ student PST report from a previous course (not exactly the same assignment, but an example of  very good work on the same topic):  PST Example

10)  Two PST reports from my ESS 130 Stress Management Class (similar assignment – non-sport situation):

PST Stress Student Example

PST Stress Example 2


1. Text -Chapter 11.

2. Greenspan & Feltz:  Greenspan & Feltz (1989)

3. Martin et al.:  Martin

4. Suin et al.:


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