Sport Psychology Consultants’ Experience of Using Hypnosis in Their Practice: An Exploratory Investigation

in The Sport Psychologist

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Jason S. GrindstaffUniversity of Tennessee

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The purpose of this study was to explore sport psychology consultants’ experiences of using hypnosis in their practice. Specifically a better understanding of hypnosis utilization as a performance enhancement technique in applied sport psychology was sought. Semi-structured, in-depth interviews were conducted with six sport psychology consultants (all PhDs) who each possessed training and experience related to hypnosis. Analysis of the interview data revealed a variety of major themes and subthemes related to the guiding interview questions: (a) hypnosis training and experience, (b) stereotypes and misconceptions related to hypnosis, (c) utilizing hypnosis as a performance enhancement technique, (d) advantages and disadvantages of using hypnosis with athletes, and (e) cultural considerations related to using hypnosis.

The authors are with the Department of Exercise, Sport, & Leisure Studies at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville 37996. E-mail: jgrinds1@utk.edu.

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