Can we coach the mind?
: the case study of how to effectively drive athlete performance

  • Miguel Gonçalves (Student)

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


Background and purpose: This paper reviews the case study of a Mental Coaching Program, with the intent of enhancing Mental Coaching professional practices, and provides a teaching note discussing improvements suggested by the literature. Method and results: Using a mix of coaching and training techniques, the 8-month program completed by two athletes, has encountered some setbacks due to athletes’ lack of motivation and commitment. The self-assessment results were positive however not fully supported by the peer assessment. Conclusions: Apart from overall improvements in the assessment method (implementing the TOPS 2), the session (add more mental skills, tools practice in session) and program structure (follow the education, acquisition, and implementation phases for one mental skill, tool or plan at a time), the most significant breakthrough was that there is no idyllic MST program, personalization is required in order to meet and develop the individual's psychological weaknesses.
Date of Award9 May 2024
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Universidade Católica Portuguesa
SupervisorSérgio Paulo de Jesus Moreira (Supervisor)


  • Performance
  • Mental skill training
  • Sport psychology
  • Coaching
  • Motivation


  • Mestrado em Gestão Aplicada

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