Professional Judgment and Decision Making: The Role of Intention for Impact

in The Sport Psychologist
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The field of applied sport psychology has recognized the growing consensus that professional autonomy and discretion brings with it the need to train, regulate, and evaluate practice (Evetts, 2001). However, research into how practitioners’ professional judgment is formed and the decision-making processes involved has not received concurrent attention. This paper illustrates some of the possible outcomes and implications for applied sport psychologists from consideration of Professional Judgment and Decision Making (PJDM) research in other fields such as medicine and teaching and in parallel disciplines such as clinical and counseling psychology. Investigation into the nature of decision content and how the crucial “intention for impact” (Hill, 1992) is formulated carries implications for the assessment, reflective practice, and professional development and training of applied sport psychologists. Future directions in PJDM research are suggested and a call is made for practitioners to be open to involvement in research of this nature.

Amanda Martindale is with the Scottish Center for Physical Education, Sport, and Leisure Studies, University of Edinburgh, UK. E-mail: amandad@education.ed.ac.uk. Dave Collins is now with UK Athletics, Blythe Valley Park, Solihull, UK.

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