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Increasing Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches' Communication of Training Performance and Process Goals With Athletes

Moore, E. Whitney G., PhD, CSCS*D1; Quartiroli, Alessandro, PhD2; Zakrajsek, Rebecca, PhD3; Eckenrod, Morgan, MS3

Strength & Conditioning Journal: April 2019 - Volume 41 - Issue 2 - p 18–24
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0000000000000467
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ABSTRACT THIS ARTICLE PRESENTS INFORMATION ABOUT GOAL SETTING AND HOW STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING COACHES (SCCS) CAN INCORPORATE GOAL SETTING STRATEGIES IN THEIR ATHLETES' TRAINING. THE ARTICLE PRESENTS AN OVERVIEW OF OUTCOME, PERFORMANCE, AND PROCESS GOALS, BASED ON THE SPECIFIC, MEASURABLE, AGGRESSIVE YET ACHIEVABLE, RELEVANT, AND TIME-BOUND (SMAART) FRAMEWORK. STRATEGIES SCCs CAN USE ARE PRESENTED TO ILLUSTRATE HOW TO INCREASE THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE PERFORMANCE AND PROCESS GOALS THAT INFORMED THE PROGRAM PERIODIZATION AND FEEDBACK PROVIDED BY THE SCC. THIS ARTICLE AIMS TO START BRIDGING THE GAP BETWEEN SCC FAMILIARITY WITH GOAL SETTING AND INCORPORATION OF THIS MENTAL STRATEGY INTO THEIR COMMUNICATION WITH ATHLETES ABOUT TRAINING.

1Division of Kinesiology, Health & Sports Studies, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan;

2Department of Psychology, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, La Crosse, Wisconsin; and

3Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sports Studies, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennesse

Address correspondence to E. Whitney G. Moore, WhitneyMoore@wayne.edu.

Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding: The authors report no conflicts of interest and no source of funding.

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E. Whitney G. Mooreis Assistant Professor in the Division of Kinesiology, Health & Sport Studies at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.

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Alessandro Quartiroliis a Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC®) and Associate professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

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Rebecca Zakrajsekis a Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC®) and Associate Professor in the Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Studies at The University of Tennessee.

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Morgan Eckenrodis a PhD student in the Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Studies at The University of Tennessee.

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