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A Penny for your Thoughts: Athletes’ and Trainee Sport Psychologists’ Internal Dialogue during Consultations

Tod, D, McEwan, HE, Whitehead, A and Marchant, D (2024) A Penny for your Thoughts: Athletes’ and Trainee Sport Psychologists’ Internal Dialogue during Consultations. Sport Psychologist. pp. 1-9. ISSN 0888-4781

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The purpose of this study was to explore the internal dialogue of trainee sport psychologists (TSPs) and athletes immediately following athlete-practitioner consultations. TSPs (4 males and 3 females, aged 22-32 years) and athletes (4 males, 3 females, aged 19-29 years) completed a thought-listing procedure twice, while watching video recordings of their previous consultations. The thought-listing procedure involved participants pausing the video to record the in-session internal dialogue they had experienced during the consultation. Participant’s responses were categorised into six dimensions: time, place, focus, locus, orientation, and mode. TSPs’ and athletes’ retrospective accounts provided evidence that their in-session internal dialogue was (a) present focused, (b) about in-session material, (c) about the athletes or themselves, (d) about internal and external events, (e) professional (i.e., related to the session), and (f) neutral. Findings provide trainees and inexperienced practitioners with insights into the thought content of TSPs and athletes to guide their own athlete-interactions.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1106 Human Movement and Sports Sciences; 1701 Psychology; Sport Sciences
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV561 Sports > GV711 Coaching
Divisions: Sport & Exercise Sciences
Publisher: Human Kinetics
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 20 Dec 2023 09:57
Last Modified: 22 Jan 2024 14:00
DOI or ID number: 10.1123/tsp.2023-0045
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/22133
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