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Working within an Individual Zone of Optimal Functioning (IZOF) framework: Consultant practice and athlete reflections on refining emotion regulation skills

Woodcock, Charlotte, Cumming, Jennifer, Duda, Joan. L. and Sharp, Lee-Ann (2012) Working within an Individual Zone of Optimal Functioning (IZOF) framework: Consultant practice and athlete reflections on refining emotion regulation skills. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 13 . pp. 291-302. [Journal article]

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Abstract

Objective: To examine how working within Hanin’s (2000a) Individual Zone of Optimal Functioningtheoretical model (IZOF) informs intervention development for enhancing athletes’ emotion regulation skills.Design: A single case study design was adopted to examine the applied process of facilitating a female university cross-country runner’s emotion regulation skills.Method: Consultant reflections followed Boud’s (2001) reflective learning model for immediate anddelayed reflection that informed an action research narrative organized round Kellmann and Beckmann’s (2003) action research cycle. A social validation interview was conducted following program completion to examine the athlete’s responses to the emotion regulation intervention.Results: Consultant’s professional practice decisions and action taken to support the intervention are highlighted. Specifically, the employment and extension of Hanin’s (2000c) IZOF profiling process to inform the development of athlete skills in emotion regulation are described. Moreover, how the content and intensity of performance related subjective emotion, physiological symptom, and cognitive zone profiles for optimal performance guided the identification and enhancement of techniques contributing to effective emotion regulation is illustrated. Athlete interview responses support the overall efficacy of the intervention program.Conclusion: The present case study supports the efficacy of working within an IZOF framework from a consultant perspective. Furthermore, athlete reflections suggest enhanced skills in emotion regulation were perceived to result from the intervention.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Sport psychology, IZOF, professional practice, emotion regulation, applied practice
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Sport
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
ID Code:25998
Deposited By: Dr Lee-Ann Sharp
Deposited On:14 Jun 2013 08:03
Last Modified:14 Jun 2013 08:03

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