Phenomenological Consulting: Long-Term Mental Training With an Elite College Football Place Kicker

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  • 1 University of Tennessee
  • 2 Penn State Altoona
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This case study depicts the approach taken by a sport psychology consultant who worked with an elite college football place kicker from the beginning of the individual’s freshman year to the end of his senior competitive season. The player expressed an interest in adding mental training to his conventional practice habits to manage the mental and emotional demands he expected to face throughout his career at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I level. The consultant used an approach rooted in the philosophy of existential phenomenology, referred to as phenomenological consulting. The effectiveness of interventions was determined by the player’s description of his experience and reflections of the consultant. The present study represents an example of the benefits athletes might derive from a phenomenological approach to long-term performance consulting.

Wrisberg is with the Dept. of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Studies, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN. Raabe is with the Dept. of Kinesiology, Penn State Altoona, Altoona, PA.

Raabe (jzr295@psu.edu) is corresponding author.
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