What comes to mind when you think of sport psychology?
Many people associate sport psychology with specific performance enhancement techniques such as goal-setting, positive self-talk, imagery/visualization, and relaxation/motivation. Yes, AAPEX can provide these basic sport psychology services to your individual athletes, to subgroups of your team (e.g., just freshmen), or to your whole team. In addition, AAPEX services go a step further, in accordance with our "whole person" philosophy, to support coaches and captains in managing the indirect, external influences that can positively or negatively affect team performance and the well-being of individual student-athletes.
If you have personal or academic concerns about a member of your team, please don't hesitate to contact AAPEX for a confidential consultation that can help you figure out an appropriate "next step." This may include sensitively facilitating a referral to the most appropriate resource that a student-athlete may need. You can also just use AAPEX as an impartial, third-party "sounding board." AAPEX consultants are counselors, psychologists, and Harvard academic advisers who are certified in sport psychology and are intimately familiar with the rhythm of the Harvard undergraduate experience. As such, they are well suited to address your athletes' challenges, concerns, and questions from the time they matriculate at Harvard through the time they graduate. When AAPEX consultants are not working with student-athletes, they are working in many other ways with Harvard undergraduates, administrators, faculty, and both residential and non-residential staff.
In an athletic context, AAPEX consultants meet with student-athletes to help them harness their strengths and work through the questions, concerns, and challenges they face. Certain discussions are often more effective if conducted in a facilitated group setting, either with entire teams or with subgroups of athletes, so athletes can learn from the invaluable experiences of their teammates. Harvard captains and coaches have used AAPEX to facilitate interactive workshops and teambuilding activities that have included the following:
Captains and coaches can contact AAPEX to request any of these workshops or a workshop on another topic.
Captains and coaches can also work with AAPEX to customize an extended teambuilding workshop (typically about 3 hours), with multiple events and activities, that are fun, experiential, and do not involve sitting around for hours at a time. Such workshops are typically designed to enhance team performance by strengthening relationships and increasing understanding among team members.
To request a one-time workshop or design a sequence of events for your student-athletes, please contact AAPEX. To allow for adequate planning, preparation, and scheduling, please provide as much lead time as possible — at least several weeks.
Appointments & Questions: E-mail
Dr. Craig Rodgers
Address: AAPEX (c/o Dr. Craig Rodgers), 5 Linden St., Cambridge, MA 02138 Phone: 617-495-2581 (Bureau of Study Counsel handles calls)
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