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The Philosophical Underpinning of Athlete Lifestyle Support: An Existential-Humanistic Perspective

Devaney, DJ, Ronkainen, NJ, Nesti, MS, Littlewood, MA and Richardson, DJ (2021) The Philosophical Underpinning of Athlete Lifestyle Support: An Existential-Humanistic Perspective. Sport Psychologist, 36 (1). pp. 29-39. ISSN 1543-2793

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This study aims to highlight how an existential-humanistic perspective can inform athlete support and in doing so, emphasise the importance of explicating the philosophical underpinnings of athlete lifestyle support. Drawing on applied experience with elite youth cricketers over a twelve-month period, ethnographic data was collected through the observation, maintenance of case notes and a practitioner reflective diary. Based on thematic analysis (Braun & Clarke, 2006), we created three non-fictional vignettes that we use to illustrate how existential-humanistic theorising can inform lifestyle support. We discuss the implications of this professional philosophy in terms of considerations for performance and talent development programmes and how holistic support for athletes is positioned. We also discuss implications for athlete lifestyle and performance psychology practitioners, with regard to training, underpinning theoretical grounding of support and the strategic positioning of their practitioner roles.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Accepted author manuscript version reprinted, by permission, from Sport Psychologist, 2021, volume 36 (issue 1) : 1-9, https://doi.org/10.1123/tsp.2020-0131 © Human Kinetics, Inc.
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1106 Human Movement and Sports Sciences, 1701 Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC1200 Sports Medicine
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV561 Sports
Divisions: Computer Science & Mathematics
Sport & Exercise Sciences
Publisher: Human Kinetics
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Date Deposited: 28 Mar 2022 12:53
Last Modified: 28 Mar 2023 16:45
DOI or ID number: 10.1123/tsp.2020-0131
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/16556
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