Helping Dave Regain His Skiing Success
Read the case study below and plan a program for helping Dave regain his motivation by overcoming his outcome goal orientation, and document your plan here. You will need to reference and use Chapter 3 of your textbook to help strategize a plan and you can also see the case study on p. 66 of the textbook as well.
Textbook: Weinberg, R., & Gould, D. (2007). Foundations of sport and exercise psychology (5th ed.). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics Publishers.
The Case Study: Setting Outcome Goals and One Skier�s Downfall (also on p.66 in the textbook).
After years of hard work, Dave becomes a member of the U.S. ski team. He has always set outcome goals for himself: becoming the fastest skier in his local club, winning regional races, beating arch-rivals, and placing at nationals. Unfortunately, he gets off to a rocky start on the World Cup circuit. He had wanted to be the fastest American downhiller and to place in the top three at each World Cup race, but with so many good racers competing, it has become impossible to beat them consistently. To make matters worse, because of his lowered world ranking, Dave skis far back in the pack (after the course has been chopped up by the previous competitors), which makes it virtually impossible to place in the top three. As Dave becomes more frustrated by his failures, his motivation declines. He no longer looks forward to competitions; he either skis out of control, focused entirely on finishing first, or skis such a safe line through the course that he finishes well back in the field. Dave blames his poor finishes on the wrong ski wax and equipment. He does not realize that his outcome goal orientation, which had served him well at the lower levels of competition where he could more easily win, is now leading to lower confidence, self-doubts, and less motivation.
Now what would be Dave’s Success Plan?
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