Reflection of Workshop

There were many theories discussed in both presentations. One that stood out was Singer’s 5 Step Model (1988) which suggests that there are 5 steps to pre performance routine (PPR). A mental skill that is highlighted within this theory is imagery. Another theory that was discussed was Skinner’s Superstition Theory (1948). This theory used pigeons to determine superstitious behaviours when reinforced with food. Deci and Ryan’s Self Determination Theory (2010) was also discussed. This theory looks at human motivation in both autonomous and controlled states. A mental skill associated with this theory is self-talk.
A positive aspect of the presentation was that the students were able to be involved practically in the presentation thus, putting theory into practice. Using practical components within the presentation allows the listener’s to gain a better understanding, in particular the kinaesthetic learners of the group. It also made the presentation more enjoyable as there was plenty of variety. Being that there were smaller groups going through the theoretical side of the presentation it allowed the listeners to gain a better understanding as it gave listeners the opportunity to ask questions if needed and also provoked responses, which in turn gave the listener’s more of a purposeful role within the presentation. Being that there was more than one practical station i.e. golf putting and basketball/netball throw, added to the variety of the presentation. The presenters were able to give a more realistic insight into the theories and deliberations of PPR and superstitions. Allowing the listener’s to participate and try several PPR methods also brought to light that most athletes do this without even being aware of it. This is a useful aspect to use as it provides a wider range of understanding and will make the experience for everyone taking part, listeners and presenters.
A negative aspect of the presentation was that the second group were unorganised. They...