In reading the text "Talent Identification and Development" by Baker, Cobley and Schorer, it is becoming increasingly clear to me that one of the key variables inherent in the development of many of the top athletes is the possession of "self-regulation" throughout their growth toward sport expertise.
Taken directly from the text,
"Self-regulation involves processes that enable individuals to control their thoughts, feelings, and actions (Baumeister & Vohs, 2004). Self-regulation is described by Zimmerman and colleagues (1989, 2006) as the degree to which individuals are metacognitively, motivationally, and behaviourally proactive participants in their own learning process. This means that individuals know how to attain their goal of performance improvement; they are motivated; and they take action to reach their goal. Self regulatory processes will not immediately produce high levels of expertise, but can assist an individual in acquiring knowledge and skills more effectively (Zimmerman et al., 2006). Youth soccer players who self-regulate well may improve their performance more, because they are more aware of their strong and weak points, better focused on making progress, and more capable of adapting their learning strategies to the requirements of the practice/the game. Therefore, these players may develop faster and be better able to get the maximum out of their potential (Jonker, Elferink-Gemser, & Visscher, 2010)."
Based on the above and applied to a different environment, self-regulation may likely be valuable to the developmental pathway of the young clinician. Taking the latter half of the above excerpt, perhaps we can apply this to the budding clinician,
"Young clinicians who self-regulate well may improve their clinical performance more, because they are more aware of their strong and weak points, better focused on making progress, and more capable of adapting their learning strategies to the requirements of the clinical practice. Therefore, these clinicians may develop faster and be better able to get the maximum out of their potential."
If you are new to the field of sport medicine, do you self-regulate?.
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