Imagine that you are the coach of an elite-level athlete in training for the upcoming Olympic Games. Create a hypothetical athlete in a sport of your choice. Discuss how you would use your knowledge of the Unifying Model of Psychological Preparation for Peak Performance to mentally prepare this athlete to achieve a peak performance in his/her event at the Olympics. In your answer, explain the relationship between psychological factors and performance. Also be sure to provide specific examples and details to illustrate your understanding of the model.
Compare and contrast the list of psychological skills with the list of psychological characteristics associated with peak performance in athletes. Discuss the extent to which the use of psychological skills (such as imagery, thought control, and so on) can have an impact on various psychological characteristics (such as confidence and concentration). Illustrate your answer with examples from sport or your own personal experiences. Follow APA guidelines for writing and citing sources.
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