Case Studies in Sport and Exercise Psychology

An Official Journal of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology

Volume 5 (2021): Issue S1 (Jul 2021): CSSEP Special Issue: Working With Aspiring Olympic Athletes


Case Studies in Sport and Exercise Psychology, jointly published by the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) and Human Kinetics, is an online, peer-reviewed journal and searchable library focused on providing practitioners, students, and instructors with case studies showing different approaches (strategies) and methods (tactics) relevant to sport and exercise psychology applied research and consultation, covering a wide variety of issues and topics that arise in the profession from around the world.

CSSEP is a forum for scientifically driven case studies, broadly defined. The journal is open to the use of diverse practical and methodological approaches derived from the international community. Manuscripts considered for publication in CSSEP will present approaches and results from high-quality empirical research and/or systematic interventions. Each case study must demonstrate practical and academic rigor that goes beyond description of processes to interpretive qualities and relevance outside of a single context.

This unique collection of case studies is continually updated online and covers important emerging and established areas of sport and exercise psychology. Case studies will begin with reflections on the context and the key agents involved, with special attention paid to the authors, their approach to practice, their philosophy, and a brief outline of the experiences that have helped shape and evolve their particular approach (strategies). Then, after a detailed explanation of the case itself and the focal interventions (tactics) and outcomes, there will be a strong focus on reflection. The authors will be required to reflect on their experience, the effectiveness of their approach, things they would do differently, and major lessons learned.

The online journal serves as a searchable library of cases. Cases can be purchased individually, or users can access all cases with an individual or institutional subscription. Subscriptions provide subscribers full access to the journal’s content, as well as to digital archives of back volumes.

If you wish to contact the Editor-in-Chief for any reason (e.g., becoming a reviewer, interest in joining the editorial board, issue about journal policy), please e-mail Robert Schinke at

Ethics Policy

Please visit the Ethics Policy page for information about the policies followed by CSSEP.


Robert Schinke
Laurentian University, Canada

Editor-in-Chief Emeritus

Stewart Cotterill
AECC University College, UK

Associate Editors

Richard Thelwell
Portsmouth University, UK

Richard J. Keegan
University of Canberra, Australia

Editorial Board

Rebecca Busanich, Saint Catherine University, USA

Lois Butcher-Poffley, Full Out Performance Enhancement, USA

Sarah Castillo, National University, USA

Sharon Chirban, Amplifying Performance Consulting, USA

Gillian Cook, Liverpool John Moores University, UK

Stewart Cotterill, AECC University College, UK

Brendan Cropley, Cardiff Metropolitan University, UK

Muhammad Deen, MD Performance, Malaysia

Kim Dorsch, University of Regina, Canada

Natalie Durand-Bush, University of Ottawa, Canada

Adam Gledhill, Leeds Beckett University, UK

Daniel Gucciardi, Curtin University, Australia

San-Fu Kao, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan

Nichola Kentzer, The Open University, UK

Gretchen Kerr, University of Toronto, Canada

Michele Kerulis, Northwestern University, USA

Carsten Hvid Larsen, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark

Charlie Maher, Cleveland Indians/Rutgers University, USA

William Massey, Oregon State University, USA

Alister McCormick, Plymouth Marjon University, UK

Chris Mesagno, Federation University, Australia

Robert Owens, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, USA

Alessandro Quartiroli, University of Wisconsin–La Crosse, USA

Roy David Samuel, Kibbutzim College of Education Technology and the Arts & Interdisciplinary Center (IDC), Israel

Mustafa Sarkar, Nottingham Trent University, UK

Duncan Simpson, IMG Academy, USA

Melissa Thompson, University of Southern Mississippi, USA

Chris Wagstaff, Portsmouth University, UK

Paula Watson, Liverpool John Moores University, UK

Human Kinetics Staff
Julia Glahn, Senior Journals Managing Editor

Prior to submission, please carefully read and follow the submission guidelines detailed below. Authors must submit their manuscripts through the journal’s ScholarOne online submission system. To submit, click the button below:

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Authorship Guidelines

The Journals Division at Human Kinetics adheres to the criteria for authorship as outlined by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors*:

Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for the content. Authorship credit should be based only on substantial contributions to:

a. Conception and design, or analysis and interpretation of data; and
b. Drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content; and
c. Final approval of the version to be published.

Conditions a, b, and c must all be met. Individuals who do not meet the above criteria may be listed in the acknowledgments section of the manuscript. *Uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted to biomedical journals. (1991). New England Journal of Medicine, 324, 424–428.

Open Access

Human Kinetics is pleased to allow our authors the option of having their articles published Open Access. In order for an article to be published Open Access, authors must complete and return the Request for Open Access form and provide payment for this option. To learn more and request Open Access, click here.

Manuscript Guidelines

Before writing and submitting a case, please see "Writing Manuscripts for Case Studies in Sport and Exercise Psychology" and "Conducting and Publishing Case Study Research in Sport and Exercise Psychology" for guidelines. In addition, review the sample case study "One-to-One Support With a Professional Rugby League Player: A Case for Referral?"

Cases must be submitted electronically in Microsoft Word format (.docx) at the CSSEP submission site ( Cases should follow the style guidelines set forth in the latest (7th) edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, be double-spaced, use a standard 12-point Times New Roman font, and use 1-in. margins on all sides throughout. Submitted manuscripts must include an abstract of no more than 150 words. Subheadings should be used throughout the manuscript to help organize the content and guide the reader. The manuscript itself should include the following sections:

  • Context: A reflection on the context and the key agents underpinning the case study. In particular, the paper should be clearly focused on the authors, their approach to research and/or practice, and their philosophy and briefly outline experiences that have helped shape and evolve their particular case-study approach.
  • The Case: Explaining, in detail, the case itself and the focal interventions (tactics) and outcomes.
  • Reflections: Authors will be required to reflect on personal experience, personal approach, things that could have been done differently to enhance the case, and recommendations for future practice and, when applicable, research.

All manuscripts should be presented as concisely as possible, and preference is to receive manuscripts in case studies to CSSEP that are 15–25 pages in length (4,000–6,000 words), exclusive of supplementary materials. However, leniency will be provided for research case studies employing qualitative methodologies, where methodological traditions should be articulated. 

The writing style should be clear and engaging. Authors can achieve this by presenting their ideas in an orderly manner and by expressing them smoothly and precisely. The authors should establish a tone that conveys the essential points of the work in an interesting and systematic manner while engaging readers in their idiosyncratic approach.

Continuous line numbering should be included throughout the manuscript. Any identifying information on the title page or in the content of the manuscript must be removed or concealed prior to submission, as the journal uses a blind review process.

Submitting a case for review indicates that the authors (a) have not previously or concurrently submitted their manuscript to another journal, (b) agree to transfer copyright to Human Kinetics on acceptance, and (c) acknowledge that they have followed proper institutional review-board procedures at their respective institutions, when applicable (i.e., in research-driven case studies). Authors are also responsible for obtaining permissions for any copyrighted work such as figures or tables included in their paper.

Figures should be created in Microsoft Excel or saved as .tif or .jpg files. Authors whose cases require supplementary materials such as additional documents, files, or video not contained in the case itself should seek preliminary approval from the editor before submission. Case submissions meeting these criteria will be subject to blind review. Reviews will be returned to authors within approximately 60 days.

Desk Rejection Policy

Before full review, submissions are examined at the editorial level. The manuscript will be sent out for full blind review if either the editor or the associate editor believes that the case warrants full review. If the editor or associate editor assigned to the manuscript believes that the submission has extensive flaws or is inconsistent with the mission and focus of the journal, the submission will receive a desk rejection.


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Peer reviewing is a collaborative process that provides both scrutiny and feedback on manuscripts submitted to CSSEP by independent experts within the field of applied sport and exercise psychology. Click here to read more about serving as a reviewer for CSSEP

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