• Ryan Gagajena

Benefits of a Sport Psychology Assessment Tool

What are the benefits of a sport psychology assessment tool? Sport psychology deals with intangible elements of an athletes performance. Due to this fact it is often hard to measure results, such as confidence, focus, decision making etc. Where as the physical elements of performance are easier to measure. You can know if you are getting stronger, faster, quicker, etc. An assessment tool is a great way in the world of psychology to measure the topics covered within sport psychology. It allows for a bit more scientific evidence which can help clarify the direction that needs to be taken, rather than solely relying on the opinion of the practitioner. For my clients I use The Test of Attentional and Interpersonal Style Inventory (TAIS). I use this because it was designed specifically for athletes and measures aspects of performance such as attention that other assessment tools don’t measure. To help you understand TAIS and its benefits more here is some further information on it.

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The Attentional and Interpersonal Style (TAIS) inventory measures the ways that individuals concentrate and interact with others; those concentration skills and interpersonal characteristics are the building blocks of performance.

TAIS does not measure optimal performance; by identifying the drivers and limiters of an individual’s own performance, it predicts how to help the individual achieve optimal performance. By understanding these predictors of performance, we develop a plan to improve specific mental skills, thereby enhancing performance.

TAIS is used to help people perform under pressure in sports, military, and business environments.

How does TAIS work?

TAIS is an easily self-administered instrument comprising 144 items. Each item describes a thought or behavior, or a general statement – you are asked to choose the response that most closely applies to you. Once you have finished the inventory, it will be analyzed by a computer database and the results will be used by Kate Allgood, a TAIS-certified coach, to predict how you will perform and develop a highly individualized performance enhancement program.

What evidence is there that TAIS works?

TAIS has been used by almost 1 million people over the past 37 years; it has been used by Olympic teams in the U.S., Australia, Italy, Singapore, and Spain, and with individual Olympians in numerous other countries. The tool has been translated into 11 languages.

Developed by Dr Robert Nideffer in 1976, TAIS is supported by his 25 years of research exploring the relationship between an individual’s concentration skills, their level of emotional arousal, and their ability to perform in high pressure situations.

Who Would Benefit?

TAIS is most widely used in sports, in the evaluation and training of high school, college, Olympic and professional athletes around the world. TAIS is also being used in business, and by the military and police forces to optimize performance under pressure.

Quick Facts

  1. An inventory of style, not ability or intelligence

  2. Administered online; clients are provided with username and password to login to the assessment; takes about 30 minutes to complete

  3. Results sent to Kate Allgood to interpret and develop performance program

  4. Paper version of TAIS inventory also available

For more detailed information about TAIS validity and reliabilityclick here