Athlete Assessments Exhibit At 2017 AASP Conference In Florida, October 18 – 21, 2017.
By Mim Haigh, Sports Writer – Athlete Assessments
Amidst the intersection of ideas at the Annual Conference of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP), Athlete Assessments will be hosting an exhibit to promote its DISC Profiles for sport, Consultant Program and the popular Athlete Tough workbook and video series. The Annual Conference is a forum, attended by the best in the business, for ideas and approaches to improve performance in sport.
Client Director, Liz Hanson says, “this is our fifth consecutive year exhibiting at the conference and I wouldn’t miss the opportunity to catch up with our US based consultants. It’s always so invigorating to hear the different ways each consultant uses our DISC Profiles in their work. The Athlete Assessments DISC Profiles are the only tool available on the market that has been adapted and developed specifically for sport.”
Liz says, “we maintain that self-awareness, and the insights into team dynamics, can result in an unparalleled competitive advantage. The success of our clients is testimony to this.”
Conference goers will hear exactly how retired golfing superstar Annika Sorenstam approached her game and retired NBL players will talk about the transition to life after competition. The conference is expected to draw over 1,000 participants for its forums, exhibitors and workshops.
Explaining how Sports Consultants and Sports Psychologists work with Athlete Assessments, Liz says, “consultants rely on our sport specific DISC Profiles to understand their athletes, Coaches and administrators, quickly and effectively. This assists in both the work that they do with them, which can vary from performance improvement to addiction rehabilitation to career transition; along with giving them personal insight into the best ways to individually build rapport and a strong working relationship.
“Also, at the conference we find ourselves talking a lot about our Sports ManagerDISC Profile. We’ve been working within Graduate and Undergraduate programs in Sport Management and Coaching for many years and increasingly Sport Psychology faculties are using our DISC Profiles with their students.”
In the classroom, Athlete Assessments DISC Profiles are being used in a number of ways. Firstly, in Sports Psychology classes, the Sports ManagerDISC Profile is being used to prepare students for employment so they can build better relationships with clients. Primarily, the Sports ManagerDISC Profile has an immediate impact on improving students’ self-awareness, they know their strengths, communication style and how they work with others. Students find that this self-knowledge allows them to be more effective in their internships and later in their professional careers.
Other Sports Psychology classes incorporate Athlete Assessments’ DISC Profiles as an example of assessments to take into the workplace after graduation.
Liz explains, “other classes take a more tailored approach and let students choose which DISC Profile to take (including the AthleteDISC and CoachDISC Profiles). Then, they use the assessments to do joint projects. For example, one of the classes let their student-athletes take the AthleteDISC Profile, those students who coach or are interested in a career in coaching take the CoachDISC Profile and those planning to go into sport psychology as a career take the Sports ManagerDISC Profile. The lecturer then pairs them up, a Coach and an athlete, or an athlete and a future sport psychologist. Their assignment revolve around how they could best work together. With the Coach-athlete pairing, they identify the key things about their behavioral styles and then strategize how to best work together. The athlete focuses on how they best contribute to the team and also how to best work with their coach. They also delve into potential areas of conflict and areas of their coaching relationship that will come easier. It is a similar exercise for the athlete and future sport psychologist.”
The Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) 2017 Conference will feature over 100 workshops, lectures, panels, and symposia. Founded in 1986, the AASP promotes the ethical practice, science and advocacy of sport and exercise psychology. AASP is an international, multidisciplinary, professional organization that offers certification to qualified professionals in the field of sport and exercise psychology. With more than 2,300 members in 57 countries, AASP is the international sport psychology organization and a worldwide leader in the sport and exercise psychology field.
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