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Keith Begley

This page acts as a non profit sharing forum on various areas within the sport and exercise psychology domain. It offers opportunities for people to discuss areas of sport and exercise psychology in an applied context Keith Begley works as a Sport & Exercise Performance Psychologist in Ireland. He holds an MSc in Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology (1st class honours) from the Institute for Psychology of Elite Performance (IPEP) at University of Wales, Bangor (2012). He is a a Level 2 Accredited Athlete and Coach Education Tutor with Coaching Ireland since 2008 and also holds a BSc in Physical Education from University of Limerick (2003). He also holds technical qualifications in the coaching of hurling, gaelic football, basketball and soccer. He offers a broad variety of support using a cognitive behavioral approach to addressing issues across various areas of sport and exercise psychology including (1) Motivation for sport and exercise, (2) Anxiety, performance stress & motor control (3) Relaxation & deep breathing (4) Effective goal setting (5) Mental Skills Training (visualisation / self-talk) (6) Team building & group cohesion. (7) Injury and Rehabilitation (8) Post Sports Career Transition His MSc thesis focused on the area of best use of psychological cues (self talk and attentional focus cues) for developmental and elite performance athletes in closed skill sporting tasks (eg golf, rugby goal kicking, gaelic football and hurling free taking, snooker, basketball). Recently, he has acted as a sport psychologist to Irish international athletes and international boxers. He has also acted in a sport psychology support capacity to inter-county senior hurlers and footballers while he has also had involvement with representative rugby players. Previously, he has acted as a skills and strength & conditioning coach with numerous GAA teams from youth development to senior inter-county level while he has a healthy interest in all sports and has played hurling and soccer to high levels. He has also played golf, gaelic football, rugby, basketball and badminton competitively.

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