This study examined collegiate male ice hockey players’ (N = 27, mean age = 22.4 years) perceptions of factors associated with the delivery of a sport psychology program. Participants were engaged in semistructured interviews. Interview data were transcribed verbatim and inductively analyzed. Results revealed that in terms of program delivery, the athletes had favorable perceptions of the absence of the (technical) coaching staff from sport psychology meetings and raised time demand issues. The sport psychology consultant was perceived to fulfill multiple roles (e.g., teammate, liaison, co-coach), and as being socially and emotionally involved with the team. Other results pertaining to the consultant reflected the importance of respect and communication skills. Implications for practitioners working in team settings are discussed.
John Dunn is an associate professor in the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation, E-424 Van Vliet Center, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada T6G 2H9. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Nick Holt is an assistant professor in the Department of Physical Education and Kinesiology, Brock University, St. Catherine’s, Ontario L2N 3A1.
Both authors made an equal contribution to this paper.