Psychological Skills Training (PST) is the process by which the conditions that produce optimal performance are broken down into requisite skills. These can be taught to players like Vera Zvonareva and Dinara Safina who have the potential to succeed but whose heads keep getting in the way.
But in order for PST to work, players have to first be able to identify their personal barriers to optimal performance. From the point of view of PST, these barriers do not include any deficits in the physical or technical ability to play a sport. These barriers are purely psychological.
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