Ulster University Logo

Sport psychology consulting effectiveness: The athlete's perspective

Sharp, Lee-Ann and Hodge, Ken (2014) Sport psychology consulting effectiveness: The athlete's perspective. International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 12 . pp. 91-105. [Journal article]

[img] PDF - Published Version

DOI: 10.1080/1612197X.2013.804285


The purpose of this study was to investigate what athletes perceived to be essential for effective sport psychology consulting and to examine athletes’ perceptions of the key components of an effective sport psychology consulting relationship. Nine elite athletes participated in individual semi-structured interviews (6 males and 3 females, mean age = 32.7 years, SD= 11.05, mean competitive experience = 17.9 years, SD= 9.0) from a variety of sports (e.g. cricket, rugby, swimming, triathlon, dressage, and wheelchair rugby). Inductive content analysis indicated that three categories were essential for sport psychology consulting effectiveness; (a) sport psychology consultants (SPCs) were friendly but not a friend; (b) SPC consulting experience; and (c) athlete-centered consulting. Four categories emerged regarding effective consulting relationships: (a) flexibility; (b) open, honest, and respectful; (c) contributions from both the athlete and SPC; and (d) athlete as an active participant in the consulting relationship.Keywords: consulting relationships; working alliance; effectiveness

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Sport
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Sport and Exercise Sciences Research Institute
Sport and Exercise Sciences Research Institute > Centre for Sports Science and Sports Medicine
ID Code:26192
Deposited By: Dr Lee-Ann Sharp
Deposited On:29 Jul 2014 10:41
Last Modified:17 Oct 2017 16:09

Repository Staff Only: item control page