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Dan Gould - Michigan State University. East Lansing, MI, US

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Gwendolyn Norrell Professor, Department of Kinesiology | Michigan State University


Dan Gould's research interests include the stress-athletic performance relationship and the psychological foundations of coaching.




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Dan Gould is director of the Institute for the Study of Youth Sports and a professor of kinesiology. In 2019, he was named the inaugural Gwendolyn Norrell Professor of Youth Sport and Student-Athlete Well-Being. His area of expertise is mental training for athletic competition and sport psychology. His research interests include the stress-athletic performance relationship, psychological foundations of coaching, athlete motivation, youth leadership and positive youth development through sport. He has been a consultant for the U.S. Olympic Committee, the United States Tennis Association and numerous athletes of all ages and skill levels.

Areas of Expertise (7)

Youth Leadership

Psychological Foundations of Coaching

Sport Psychology

Family, Community and Schools


Mental Training for Athletic Competition

Athlete Motivation

Accomplishments (1)

Gwendolyn Norrell Professor of Youth Sport and Student-Athlete Well-Being

MSU 2019

News (4)

Youth sports institute celebrates 40 years with major research conference

MSU Today  


"While the institute has changed with the times over its four decades of existence, one thing has remained consistent - our commitment to scientifically studying sport for children and youth and to disseminating those findings to stakeholders, the parents, coaches, administrators and young athletes themselves," said Dan Gould, professor and director of ISYS...

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Ex-star runner hopes to end 15-year fight with anorexia

Detroit Free Press  


Anorexia nervosa occurs in a small percentage of athletes, according to Michigan State University kinesiology professor Daniel Gould, who studies sports exercise psychology, but enough that he believes it should be monitored by coaches. "People used to think it would be runners or gals in ballet, but, now, they've found it in other sports as well," Gould said. "A lot of times it's tied in, they're looking for a sense of control...

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Sports psychologists: ‘We’re starting kids too young’

NIU Today  


Joining Balague in a wide-ranging discussion about programs that teach children physical skills while they also have fun were Daniel Gould of Michigan State University and Robert Weinberg of Miami (Ohio) University...

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After the gold: Olympic medalists struggle with real life

NBC News  


Dan Gould, a kinesiology professor who consults with the U.S. Olympic Committee on athlete training and directs Michigan State University's Institute for the study of youth sports, recalls meeting Australian swimming great Shane Gould and bonding over their shared last name. Shane won five medals, three gold in the 1972 Munich games. She was a national hero in Australia. "And you know what she said?" Gould began. "She said it was like being taken up to the highest mountain peak to see the view, and then being brought down, never to be there again."...

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Journal Articles (5)

Concussion knowledge and reporting behavior differences between high school athletes at urban and suburban high schools

Journal of School Health

Jessica Wallace, Tracey Covassin, Sally Nogle, Daniel Gould, Jeffrey Kovan

2017 We determined differences in knowledge of concussion and reporting behaviors of high school athletes attending urban and suburban high schools, and whether a relationship exists between underreporting and access to an athletic trainer in urban schools.

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The relationship between psychosocial developmental and the sports climate experienced by underserved youth

Psychology of Sport and Exercise

D Gould, R Flett, L Lauer

2012 This study was designed to assess developmental outcomes underserved youth report from their sports participation; identify perceptions of the sports climate their coaches create; and, measure the relationships between participants reported gains and perceptions of the psychosocial sports climate.

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Parental behaviors that affect junior tennis player development

Psychology of Sport and Exercise

L Lauer, D Gould, N Roman, M Pierce

2010 To examine the role parents played in developing professional tennis players and, specifically, the full array of positive and negative attitudes and behaviors that influenced talent development. Furthermore, this study describes how specific parental behaviors exhibited changed as a function of the stage of talent development the child experienced.

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An evaluation of an educational intervention in psychology of injury for athletic training students

Journal of Athletic Training

Stiller-Ostrowski, Jennifer L., Daniel R. Gould, and Tracey Covassin

2009 ”Psychosocial Intervention and Referral" is 1 of the 12 content areas in athletic training education programs, but knowledge gained and skill usage after an educational intervention in this area have never been evaluated.

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The professionalization of youth sports: It's time to act!

Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine

D GOuld

2009 Building on an extensive review of sport science and medicine research, Balyi has developed a seven stage long-term athlete-development model that guides the optimal progression of a young person from an active child to an elite athlete through a system of progressively appropriate developmental stages.1 This model is being considered in a number of countries to guide the training, competition and recovery programs of aspiring young athletes.2 The model is based on a child's level of maturation, not their chronological age, and integrates other key sport science principles such as periodized training, progressive adaptation and allowances for recovery. Thus, the child progresses from enjoying physical activity (Stage 1), learns FUNdamental motor and sports skills (Stage 2), learns to train (Stage 3), trains to train (Stage 4), trains to compete (Stage 5) and moves into a compete-to-win stage (Stage 6) as an older teen or young adult followed by a transition out of sport into an active life (Stage 7). Athletes who progress through sports programs based on this model experience optimal training and competition opportunities which are reflective of their social, emotional, biological and cognitive needs.

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