Mental, cognitive and emotional factors are essential to each athlete's development. Not only is holistic development - which encompasses all of these factors, in addition to physical development - beneficial to the individual, but all of these skill sets are interlinked.
Just as physical and technical skills require long-term and sequential development, so too do the psychological aspects of athlete development. This includes a range of knowledge sets, such as the underpinnings of fair play and ethical sport, mental skills for performance, emotional regulation, sequencing and decision-making.
Programming should be designed to deliver all aspects of athlete development in a complementary manner, including mental, cognitive and emotional components.