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Excerpt — Applying Educational Psychology in Coaching Athletes

Understanding motor learning stages improves skill instruction

As a coach I found this simple paradigm to be extremely helpful for understanding, guiding, and accelerating the motor learning process.

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Emphasize humanistic principles as part of an effective coaching philosophy

Humanism can manifest itself through the coaching process in four ways. These common emphases are affect, self-concept, communication, and personal values.

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Coaches can use behaviorism to increase athletes' motivation

According to the concept of psychological hedonism and the pain–pleasure principle, people are motivated to obtain pleasure and avoid pain.

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