Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.


46th Annual Convention; Washington DC; 2020

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W21
CE Offered: BACB
Behavior Science and Sports: An Interactive Workshop on Applying Behavior Principles to the Behavior of Athletes and Coaches
Thursday, May 21, 2020
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
To Be Determined
Area: CSS; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Andrew John Houvouras, M.A.
ANDREW JOHN HOUVOURAS (Florida Institute of Technology School of Behavior Analysis), JAIME RUS ALBA (Florida Institute of Technology School of Behavior Analysis), Kea Windsor (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology; TeamABA)
Description: In an interactive workshop, participants will learn how to begin assessing and analyzing the behavior of coaches and athletes. Sports occupy a significant part of how many people occupy their time and, while there is a good body of research on applications of behavior analysis to sports, the behavior of coaches and elite athletes are underrepresented. Participants will be given the rationales, means and methods on how behavior analysts can continue extending behavior science to sports, the behavior of the coach and elite athletes by discussing current research, learning how to use computer based technology and apps, observing and collecting data on recorded and live demonstrations of athletic motions and skills, and creating materials task analyses and athlete performance scorecards to assist in the analyses. Participants will leave with ideas, permanent products, new skills and an appreciation for how the behavior of the coach and athlete merits more attention.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) Describe 2 functions of computer and web-based apps in the assessment of sports performance (2) Task analyze athletic movements demonstrated on video/live in-person (3) Create an athlete scorecard for a particular athletic movement (4) Identify 3 ways coaches can provide more effective feedback to athletes
Activities: Workshop objectives will be met through a proportioned presentation of lecture, active participant responding and discussion, video observation, in vivo practice on computers/tablets/smartphones, and live demonstrations of athletic movements and analyses. Participants will have opportunities to "make and take" athlete performance scorecards, data collection sheets and spreadsheets/graphic displays. Participants are encouraged to have charged computers, tablets and smartphones with camera capabilities.
Audience: Graduate students, teachers, researchers and practitioners of behavior analysis are encouraged to attend.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Advanced



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