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Building Better Athletes Through Increased Self-Confidence

by Andrew D. Gillham, PhD, CSCS,*D
NSCA Coach July 2016
Vol 3, Issue 3

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Planning and designing training programs for a new group of athletes (e.g., a new recruiting class or a new coaching job) can be problematic without a base level understanding of the athletes’ current skill levels. This article describes one system that can be used to determine an athlete's self-confidence on different exercises.

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This article originally appeared in NSCA Coach, a quarterly publication for NSCA Members that provides valuable takeaways for every level of strength and conditioning coach. You can find scientifically based articles specific to a wide variety of your athletes’ needs with Nutrition, Programming, and Youth columns. Read more articles from NSCA Coach »

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Andy Gillham owns and operates Ludus Consulting LLC, focusing on performance enhancement for his clients. Gillham has a PhD in Sport and Exercise Psyc...

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