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USM Sport Psychology Institute: Pressure at the Olympics

With the 2012 Summer Olympics fast approaching, this year’s USM Sport Psychology Institute will offer a unique look at the “mental skills training” provided to Olympic athletes.

The head of the United States Olympic Committee Sport Psychology Department, Sean McCann, will be at USM from 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon on Friday, June 29, for a presentation titled, “Executing Under Pressure: Theory and Practice at the Vancouver and London Olympics.”  McCann, who works with coaches and athletes on “mental skills training,” has traveled with the U.S. Olympic team for the last six Olympic Games.

For information on how to register for the three-day institute, call 780-5900.

McCann’s presentation is part of the 2012 USM Sport Psychology Institute, scheduled from Wednesday, June 27 through Friday, June 29. All sessions will be held in USM’s Abromson Community Education Center, Bedford Street, Portland. 

USM Professor of Psychology Bill Gayton founded the program as a way to provide cutting-edge coursework and professional development opportunities for students, health care professionals, coaches, athletic directors and athletes.

Gayton has attracted faculty throughout the nation to present on such topics as the use of imagery in sports; appropriate and inappropriate behaviors for parents; and the development of athletic talents.

Click here for the schedule and list of faculty .