Improving the Delivery of Applied Sport Psychology Support through Reflective Practice

in The Sport Psychologist
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This article offers an exploration of factors that influence the effectiveness of applied sport psychology delivery through reflection on a series of consulting experiences. Knowledge gained by a British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) trainee sport psychologist (Cropley), through a process of reflective practice during the first year of supervised experience, is presented around a number of themes that have emerged from current literature regarding the characteristics of effective service providers (A. Anderson, A. Miles, P. Robinson, & C. Mahoney, 2004). It is argued that reflection improves self-awareness and generates knowledge in action that can enhance the delivery of applied sport psychology. Support is therefore provided for the adoption of reflective practice as a tool for personal and professional development.

Cropley is with Swansea University, Wales, U.K. Miles and Hanton are with the Cardiff School of Sport, University of Wales Institute, Cardiff (UWIC), Wales, U.K. Niven is with the School of Life Sciences, Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland, U.K.

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