Date of Award

Fall 2006

Project Type


Program or Major


Degree Name

Master of Arts


In today's competitive athletic world, the one common goal all athletes share is to win. The pressure to carry out this goal is staggering and as a result, athletes are training harder for longer hours and ultimately burning out. While there are numerous books that attempt to teach an athlete how to train physically for their sport, very few training programs teach them how to train mentally for their sport. A training program that does not include both a physical and mental aspect will fail.

This model introduces a training program where interested Nordic ski coaches can implement the training model, whereby elite collegiate Nordic skiers are introduced to a specific mental rehearsal technique. Specifically, this writer asserts that implementing a structured training program that focuses on introducing a mental rehearsal technique to elite collegiate Nordic skiers will not only increase their technique and skill development, concentration and relaxation and decrease anxiety levels, but will improve their overall skiing performance.