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Cognitive behavioral intervention in sport psychology: A case illustration of the exposure method with an elite athlete

Gustafsson, H and Lundqvist, C and Tod, D (2016) Cognitive behavioral intervention in sport psychology: A case illustration of the exposure method with an elite athlete. Journal of Sport Psychology in Action. ISSN 2152-0704

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Abstract

One common method in Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) to treat anxiety problems is exposure, but there are few articles examining its applicability to sport. The aim of this article is to give a background of the use of exposure in sport and present a case of how exposure can be used with athletes. The athlete was a 17-year-old female cross-country skier with high levels of performance anxiety. In the case description, common procedures in CBT such as behavioral analysis, psychoeducation, and exposure are presented, as well as how anxiety can be managed. After the intervention the athlete perceived lower levels of anxiety as well as improved behavioral repertoire (e.g., less avoidant behaviors and more functional sport-specific behaviors). This case may be used to help practitioners consider the use of exposure in competitive sports. © 2016 Association for Applied Sport Psychology

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Sport Psychology in Action on 19th October 2016 , available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/21520704.2016.1235649
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV561 Sports
Divisions: Sport & Exercise Sciences
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2016 11:45
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2017 00:50
DOI or Identification number: 10.1080/21520704.2016.1235649
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/4777

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