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Sportsmind Applied Sports Psychology
& Sports NLP Training Programs for Coaches

The Sportsmind Institute offers the most up-to-date and advanced programs in applied sports psychology, mental skills training and the new technology of Sports NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) for teachers and coaches.

Coaches have a choice of attending individual workshops (see details below), or enrolling in the comprehensive Sportsmind Coaching Excellence Course for professional sports coaches by correspondence, (see "Coach Education"), which provides accreditation as a Sportsmind Level 2 coach.

To bring out the best in students, some special features of all Sportsmind courses are :

Applied & Practical
While all Sportsmind courses are intellectually rigorous and up-to-date with the latest performance enhancement research in mental training, the emphasis is always on applied and practical skills which coaches can use immediately to improve their coaching - not academic theory.

Accreditation, Coaching Resources and Professional Support.
All workshop attendees receive comprehensive workshop notes - including coaching handouts, suggested activities and drills, etc. Graduates of the Level 2 program receive a Sportsmind Institute certificate, 12 months registration as a licensed Sportsmind Coach and listing on the Sportsmind website register of accredited performance coaches, and can apply for 8 CEC points accredited with Fitness Australia.
[Note that the Sportsmind Institute has not been accredited under the Vocational Education, Training and Employment Act 1991 (Section 3.7), and Sportsmind courses and qualifications have not been accredited under the act]

No Pre-requisite Study Required.
Sportsmind Coaching Excellence, Mental Mastery and Sports Hypnosis courses are open to all, and require no pre-requisite study, unless otherwise specified. Individual workshop details for these programs are provided below. For tuition fees, course dates and venues, see the workshop "diary".

Excellence - Based Assessment & No Failure.
For those enrolled in the Sportsmind Level 2 Correspondence program, note that learning tasks are demanding, and are designed to encourage independent thought and practical application, rather than regurgitation of facts - you don't build great athletes and coaches by accepting mediocre or just 'competent' efforts. There is no 'failure' - unless you give up, and withdraw from the course. Exercises and learning tasks are simply repeated, if necessary, until the expected standard of excellence is attained.


Coaching Excellence 1 : Sports NLP Rapport, Sensory Acuity & Communication Excellence Techniques
Coaching Excellence 2 : Sports NLP Perceptual & Anchoring Techniques

A personal and professional development program for learning how to get the best out of others - individually, or as a team. It includes a specific skills building program designed to expand your range of communication and leadership abilities; learn to recognise and respond appropriately to both verbal and non-verbal communication, and initiate and manage positive behavioural change toward specific goals and targets. The program comprises two days of advanced sensory acuity, communication and leadership skill development, and is specifically targeted for those who want to be more effective in coaching others to achieve success - professional coaches, teachers, sales managers, personal trainers, referees, and community leaders.

What you will learn:

  • Greater sensitivity to language and non-verbal behaviour, including how to identify the specific limitations in an individual's language;
  • Precision questioning skills;
  • How to build rapport in both formal coaching and informal social situations and establish and maintain healthy relationships with others.
  • To recognise visual, auditory and kinaesthetic thinking styles in others and be able to match their communication to suit an individual's thinking style.
  • How to overcome objections with integrity and put your case favourably;
  • To recognise and respond to eye movement cues, breathing, posture, language patterns, gestures and other non-verbal communications;
  • Develop the flexibility to take multiple viewpoints on situations, and be able to train others to also do so;
  • Learn how to establish anchors in self and others in all sensory systems;

Sports NLP Symposium

A 3-day symposium of the latest techniques and ideas showcasing applications of NLP (Neuro_linguisitc Programming) to sports performance. Presenters include some of the leading NLP trainers in Australia and worldwide and will be of interest not only to NLP practitioners, sports coaches and athletes, but also anyone interested in exploring the boundaries of human potential.

Sports Hypnosis Training

A superb training, combining Ericksonian Hypnosis with sports hypnosis techniques. Learn how to use the resources of the unconscious mind to enhance performance:

  • Control pain and fatigue;
  • Increase sensory perception;
  • Overcome problems;
  • Build confidence;
  • Get into the 'zone';
  • Distort time;
  • Change negative habits.

Enrolment Terms & Conditions

To book your place, complete the enrolment form, and forward with your cheque / money order for the tuition fee. Workshops fees are fully refundable should a workshop be cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances, and the Sportsmind Institute is not liable for any other expenses that may have been incurred (travel, accommodation, etc). If you withdraw from a workshop, your payment may be transferred to another program without penalty. Refunds will only be made if notified up to 14 days prior to commencement, after which payment is forfeited unless rebooked to another workshop.

Sportsmind Mental Mastery Training Programs
for Athletes & Coaches

Sportsmind Mental Mastery has been developed to provide athletes and coaches with an intensive, accelerated mental toughness training. Mental Mastery comprises a series of workshops in which athletes learn practical techniques to improve the seven key areas of mental training for peak performance : Positive Self Motivation; Powerful Goal Achievement Strategies; Concentration & Focusing Techniques; Emotional State Mastery; Confidence & Positive Self Concept; Positive Mental Attitude; and Precision Visualisation Techniques. Mental Mastery is the result of five years of research conducted in conjunction with the University of Western Sydney, involving 893 sportspeople from over thirty different sports, which demonstrated the effectiveness of the Sportsmind approach : 95% of those involved improved their performances by an average of 35% after attendance.

Positive Motivation & Outstanding Goal Achievement 1 & 2

Achieving outstanding goals is a process which involves deciding what you want, establishing a viable action plan, and taking consistent action. Give yourself the best chance to succeed using the S.M.A.R.T.E.R. and S.U.C.C.E.S.S. models, and proven, power motivation techniques for enhancing your own self-motivation, and important motivation principles for teachers, coaches and team leaders for successfully motivating others in a positive, empowering way. A powerful workshop for athletes and coaches providing practical techniques for those aspiring to high achievement.

What you will learn:

  • Recognise and be able to implement a variety of motivational styles in coaching
    others to success.
  • Learn the four most common 'poor self-motivation strategies', and be able to positively influence others to change to more effective methods of self-motivation.
  • Enhance personal self motivation by establishing a clear life mission statement.
  • Identify and write down specific specific and achievable short, medium and long term sports and personal goals - and understand how to guide others through this process;
  • Establish practical action plans and routines to achieve desired goals.
  • Identify their own and others' time lines and make use of 'positive compulsions' to assist in achieving personal and professional goals;
  • Be more flexible in their management of personal time.

Relaxation, Concentration, Mental Rehearsal & Advanced Visualisation Techniques

Relaxation, concentration, visualisation and mental rehearsal are all essential tools for every sportspeople - learn how to utilise and implement basic and advanced visualisation techniques to enhance many aspects of your performance - including specific exercises to improve sports skill levels and competition performances.

What you will learn:

  • A variety of simple techniques to enhance concentration and focus under pressure, including a practical, 30 second technique for staying 'in the present'.
  • Four different relaxation / visualisation processes using a well established six step format.
  • Understand how and why visualisation works to improve athletic performances.
  • Ten practical sports uses for visualisation and mental rehearsal exercises.
  • To access the present more fully, and build personal triggers for getting into the 'zone'.
  • Basic and advanced visualisation techniques to assist athletes sports performances - including exercises to improve specific sports skills and competition performances.

Emotional Intelligence and Emotion Management

Truly successful sportspeople have learned to depend not just on logical analyses or intellectual understandings - but have learned to access and use a deeper level of emotional intelligence and innate body wisdom. This emotional intelligence, like mental intelligence, is potential in everyone - but does need to be awakened and trained. This workshop will teach you some simple strategies and techniques for mastering your emotions - including coping with fear and pre-performance anxiety - and how to help others do likewise.

What you will learn:

  • Learn the building blocks of all emotions and how to trigger and amplify positive emotions and feelings.
  • Change negative, non-constructive feelings, automatic un-productive emotional reactions, and limiting behaviours to more empowering ones.
  • Know how to use a range of cognitive and behavioural tools for dealing with fear and anxiety, and develop automatic, resourceful responses to previously fear/anxiety generating contexts.
  • Develop a repertoire of positive, empowering feeling states.
  • Build 'circuit breakers' for dis-empowering emotional states.
  • Learn an emotional vocabulary and develop an effective sensitivity to their feelings.

Positive Mental Attitude & Positive Self Image

Negative thinking is detrimental to individual and team performances - yet even elite level players can suffer from lapses into negativity and pessimism. Learn how to stay focused on the positive, build a powerful self image, and develop the mental toughness and optimistic outlook of a consistent champion.

What you will learn:

  • How to master thoughts and perceptions to emphasise the positive and downplay the negative, and develop a powerful, positive mental attitude.
  • Understand the structure of a positive mental attitude, and be able to identify and teach the six components of a positive attitude.
  • Improve decision-making capabilities and skills.
  • Recognise the 'explanatory style' differences between optimism and pessimism and their effects on sports performances, and use this knowledge to encourage more optimistic attitudes in athletes.
  • Develop a stronger, positive self image in themselves and others through the use of 'monitoring' and 'filtering' techniques.
  • Learn and be able to use affirmation imprinting techniques to initiate positive improvement in athletes' self image and performances.

Building Confidence & Self Esteem in Athletes

The best athletes have an unshakeable confidence and a high self esteem that enables them to respond positively to the challenges of top level sport, excel under pressure and achieve outstanding performances. High self esteem is a prerequisite for professional success and personal fulfilment - however, like other attributes, confidence and self esteem are learned behaviours and can be improved with the right training. Learn how to develop your self esteem and be more confident.

What you will learn:

  • Understand the two elements of self esteem and their link to sporting success.
  • Enhance their personal confidence and self esteem.
  • Understand the factors that affect self esteem in others, and how to positively influence them.
  • Release and reprogram negative behaviours, habits and emotions.
  • Respond resourcefully to criticism and be able to teach this skill to others.

Unshakable Self Belief

Beliefs are powerful determinants of sports performance: the body cannot do what the mind won't believe - yet many beliefs are socially accepted 'realities' rather than truth. Learn how beliefs work in our lives; how to release limiting beliefs; and how to encourage more positive and empowering beliefs in your life, and enhance your sports performances.

What you will learn:

  • Learn and be able to apply the four keys of mental mastery : awareness, focus, meaning, and timing.
  • Understand the structure of beliefs and how they work.
  • Learn practical techniques for changing limiting habits and behaviours in self and others.

Note: Pre-requisite for attendance
Coaching Excellence 1 : Sports NLP Rapport, Sensory Acuity & Communication Excellence Techniques
Coaching Excellence 2 : Sports NLP Perceptual & Anchoring Techniques

Behavioural Change & Sports Performance

Behaviour is linked to sports perfromance - to achieve improvements in your performances you must change your regular and consistent behaviours! However, no one likes change, and habitual behaviours are often 'hard-wired' into our neurology. Consequently successful and sustained behavioural changes can only be achieved by techniques which change at this deeper level. These techniques are only available from Sports NLP processes.

What you will learn :

  • Dilt's model of human behaviour (Identity, Beliefs, Values, Strategies, Capabilities, Behaviours) and the NLP model of behavioural change
  • Four step process for changing behaviours.
  • How to positively change responses to negative past experiences, and be able to teach this process to athletes to enable them to 'let go' of past poor performances.
  • Identify the precise mental structure of an individual's 'talent', and be able to use this information to install the same strategy in others.

Note: Pre-requisite for attendance
Coaching Excellence 1 : Sports NLP Rapport, Sensory Acuity & Communication Excellence Techniques
Coaching Excellence 2 : Sports NLP Perceptual & Anchoring Techniques