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The Challenges of Sport Psychology Delivery in Elite and Professional Sport: Reflections From Experienced Sport Psychologists

McDougall, M and Nesti, MS and Richardson, DJ (2015) The Challenges of Sport Psychology Delivery in Elite and Professional Sport: Reflections From Experienced Sport Psychologists. SPORT PSYCHOLOGIST, 29 (3). pp. 265-277. ISSN 0888-4781

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Abstract

The challenges encountered by sport psychologists operating within elite and professional sports teams have arguably been inadequately considered (Nesti, 2010). It has been suggested that this may be due to the inaccessibility of elite team environments (Eubank, Nesti, & Cruickshank, 2014; Nesti, 2010). The purpose of this research was to examine the chal- lenges facing practitioners who operate in elite environments and to illuminate how these were experienced. Qualitative interviews with six experienced applied sport psychologists were conducted and a narrative themed analysis undertaken. Four main themes emerged as most prevalent and meaningful: challenges to congruence, a broader role: managing multiple relationships, the influence of elite sport cultures, and surviving and thriving were presented in narrative form. Practitio- ners provided experiential insight into how specific challenges were understood and dealt with, and how they are able to provide an effective service while managing themselves and the demands of the environment.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: As accepted for publication
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1106 Human Movement And Sports Science, 1701 Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC1200 Sports Medicine
Divisions: Sport & Exercise Sciences
Publisher: HUMAN KINETICS PUBL INC
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Date Deposited: 26 May 2016 10:28
Last Modified: 26 May 2016 10:28
DOI or Identification number: 10.1123/tsp.2014-0081
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/3677

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