They discuss the development and research behind the 5Cs framework, which aims to make sports psychology more accessible and targeted at helping young people.
The 5Cs - Commitment, Communication, Concentration, Control, and Confidence – constitute an evidence-based framework and has been developed to help athletes, coaches, parents, and practitioners to thrive in sport and through the challenges that it offers. The 5Cs framework focuses on the social and psychological aspects of sport and how those factors may be affected in an athlete’s day-to-day life.
During the episode, the guests share the story behind the development process of the framework, as well as how they measured it and its effects. Next, they discuss how coaches and clubs have been implementing the 5Cs with efficiency, as well as the plans for the framework’s future.
Chris is a Professor in Sport Psychology and the University Beacon lead for Sport and Exercise. He is also a Practitioner Sport Psychologist registered with the Health Care Professions Council and a Chartered Psychologist of the British Psychological Society. His research interests and expertise lie in the psychosocial aspects of youth sport and athlete development, with a particular focus on the socio-environmental influence of parents and coaches.
Karl graduated with a BSc in Psychology from the University of Greenwich in 2008 and an MSc in Sport and Exercise Psychology from Loughborough University in 2009. In 2016 he completed his PhD at the University of Greenwich entitled “Motivational Influence on The Attentional Processes of Competitive Golfers” under the Supervision of Professor Pam Maras and Dr Robert Willson.
Karl also held lecturing positions in Psychology at London Metropolitan University and the University of Greenwich before joining Loughborough University in 2017 as Sport and Performance Psychology Lead.
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