The Role of the Sport Psychology Consultant: A Case Study of Ultra-Distance Running

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Stephen J. Bull Brighton Polytechnic, England

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This article presents a case study describing the contribution of a sport psychology consultant to an ultra-distance runner’s attempt to complete 500 miles (800 kilometers) in 20 days through the deserts of North America. The contribution can be considered in four phases that provide a descriptive framework for the role of a sport psychology consultant: (a) establishing a rapport with the athlete, (b) formulating a psychological profile, (c) evaluating the demands of the athletic pursuit and planning an appropriate mental training program, and (d) ongoing evaluation of progress and crisis intervention.

Stephen J. Bull is with the Chelsea School of Human Movement, Brighton Polytechnic, Gaudick Road, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN20 7SP England.

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