Spirituality & Sport: Consulting the Christian Athlete

in The Sport Psychologist

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Michael J. MosleyUniversity of Denver

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Desiree’ J. FriersonUniversity of Denver

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Yihan ChengUniversity of Denver

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Mark W. AoyagiUniversity of Denver

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The real world practice of sport and performance psychology will inevitably present the practitioner with performers for whom spirituality is the supreme motivator (Balague, 1999). Spirituality and sport, despite its practical relevance, is an underdeveloped and sometimes misunderstood combination (Nesti, 2007). The aim of this study was to reveal the individual experiences of athletes as they integrate spirituality and their sport participation. Five high level athletes (1 female, 4 male), each holding a Christian worldview were interviewed. A strategically designed interview guide illuminated several key themes, which Watson and Nesti (2005) suggested, would contribute much to the existing literature. Out of these themes, practical implications have been considered for the delivery of sport and performance psychology services to Christian athletes. Evidenced by this study, is the reality that some Christian athletes present a unique perspective through which appropriately tailored sport psychology services can readily precipitate personal excellence in sport and life.

The authors are with the Graduate School of Professional Psychology, Sport & Performance Psychology, University of Denver, Denver, CO.

Address author correspondence to Michael Joseph Mosley at michaeljmosley@gmail.com.
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