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Sport Psychology Consulting at Elite Sport Competitions

Sharp, Lee-Ann, Hodge, Ken and Danish, Steve (2014) Sport Psychology Consulting at Elite Sport Competitions. Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology, 3 (2). pp. 75-88. [Journal article]

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DOI: DOI: 10.1037/spy0000011


The purpose of this investigation was to examine what experienced sport psychologyconsultants (SPCs) believed to be essential for consulting effectiveness at elite sportcompetitions (i.e., pinnacle sporting events). A purposeful sampling method was usedto recruit 10 experienced SPCs (8 male and 2 female, M age 50.44 years, M yearsconsulting experience 21.67 years) who held current sport psychology accreditation/certification and who had considerable experience consulting at pinnacle sportingevents (e.g., Olympic Games, World Championships, World Cups, European Championships).Following individual participant interviews, extensive inductive contentanalysis revealed that effective consulting was reflective of building a relationship withclients that has a positive impact on the individual and which the client is both happywith and will continue to develop. Additionally, fitting in but not getting in the way,consistent SPC behavior and working closely with coaches were perceived as essentialwhile working at elite sport competitions.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:consulting effectiveness, elite sport, consulting relationship, coaches
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:31614
Deposited By: Dr Lee-Ann Sharp
Deposited On:19 May 2015 08:26
Last Modified:17 Oct 2017 16:18

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