Sports Psychology Case Study The Case of Brenda

ABA Sports Psychology Case Study The Case of Brenda


Brenda is 17 years old and plays competitive tennis In
fact, she hopes to get a scholarship to play in college Brenda’s coach asked
her to go see a sports psychologist who specializes in ABA because she is
having difficulty with her serve She does not have enough speed and accuracy
to win matches Her coach has tried every strategy he knows with no success
Based on her interview with Brenda and her review of videotapes of his serve,
the behaviorist decides to use chaining to help The behaviorist will break
down Brenda’s serve into individual units of behavior such as the starting
position; ball toss; swing of the racket back; acceleration of the racket,
contact with the ball; and follow-through


1 Provide the rationale for the behaviorist’s selection of
behavior chaining to help Brenda

2 Discuss the concepts of primary and secondary
reinforcement and how these work in behavior chaining


3 Suppose that Brenda was having difficulty mastering an
aspect of the behavior chain What would the behaviorist do to help with the
mastery of this component of the chain?

4 Discuss the two ways that mastery of
a unit of behavior may be assessed

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