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Denison, J. (2017). Goal setting in sport: what coaches can learn from research. Waikato Journal of Education, 1(1). https://doi.org/10.15663/wje.v1i1.532


Many sport psychologists believe that goal setting is an effective way for athletes to improve their performance. In this paper I discuss how coaches can help their athletes set goals. Specifically, I discuss the importance of using short and long term goals; defining reasonable goals; establishing appropriate goal attainment strategies, and providing athletes with feedback regardless of whether they reach their goals. Finally, I suggest how goal setting can also enhance an athlete's life outside sport.


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