Sport as a context for teaching life skills
In this chapter we focus on how sport can be an environment for teaching life skills to athletes of all ages. Because we have adopted a life skills perspective, our aims may differ from other sport psychology orientations. Our objective is to promote the development of athletes both during their athletic careers and when their athletic careers are over. Life skilloriented sport psychologists work to help athletes develop the skills necessary to perform at their best in all areas of their lives. As illustrated in Table 18.1, we at the Life Skills Center seek to have athletes learn how to have competencies in the physical, technical, mental, emotional, and social domains. Athletes who adopt a life skills perspective strive to be physically fit, aware of their strengths and weaknesses, and confident. They have the ability to focus, set goals, use positive self-talk, have fun, choose their attitudes, relax, and manage and express emotions in healthy ways. These competencies are also needed to be a happy and well-balanced individual.