Applying sport psychology in health professions education: A systematic review of performance mental skills training

Sandars, John, Jenkins, Liam, Church, Helen, Patel, Rakesh, Rumbold, James, Maden, Michelle ORCID: 0000-0003-4419-6343, Patel, Mumtaz, Henshaw, Kevin and Brown, Jeremy
(2022) Applying sport psychology in health professions education: A systematic review of performance mental skills training. MEDICAL TEACHER, 44 (1). pp. 71-78.

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<h4>Introduction</h4>Health professionals are expected to consistently perform to a high standard during a variety of challenging clinical situations, which can provoke stress and impair their performance. There is increasing interest in applying sport psychology training using performance mental skills (PMS) immediately before and during performance.<h4>Methods</h4>A systematic review of the main relevant databases was conducted with the aim to identify how PMS training (PMST) has been applied in health professions education and its outcomes.<h4>Results</h4>The 20 selected studies noted the potential for PMST to improve performance, especially for simulated situations. The key implementation components were a multimodal approach that targeted several PMS in combination and delivered face-to-face delivery in a group by a trainer with expertise in PMS. The average number of sessions was 5 and of 57 min duration, with structured learner guidance, an opportunity for practice of the PMS and a focus on application for transfer to another context.<h4>Conclusion</h4>Future PMST can be informed by the key implementation components identified in the review but further design and development research is essential to close the gap in current understanding of the effectiveness of PMST and its key implementation components, especially in real-life situations.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Performance stress, sport psychology, mental skills, training
Divisions: Faculty of Health and Life Sciences
Faculty of Health and Life Sciences > Institute of Population Health
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 06 Sep 2022 14:46
Last Modified: 18 Jan 2023 21:06
DOI: 10.1080/0142159X.2021.1966403
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