Certified Athletic Trainers’ Experiences With and Perceptions of Sport Psychology Services for Student-Athletes

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Nine (5 female, 4 male) certified athletic trainers (ATs) from a National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I institution participated in semistructured interviews about their experiences with sport psychology services and perceptions on the potential role of sport psychology consultants (SPCs) in student-athlete development. Through consensual qualitative research procedures, 3 domains were constructed: knowledge of availability and understanding of sport psychology services, perceptions of sport psychology services for injury rehabilitation, and use of sport psychology services for sport performance. Interacting professionally with SPCs, working with sport teams that use sport psychology services, and receiving mentorship from senior ATs who have “bought in” to sport psychology were identified as underlying factors that influenced ATs’ knowledge and use of services. Recommendations for how SPCs can nurture collaborative relationships between themselves and ATs are also provided.

Zakrajsek and Fisher are with the Dept. of Kinesiology, Recreation, & Sport Studies, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN. Martin is with the Dept. of Kinesiology, Health Promotion, and Recreation, University of North Texas, Denton, TX.

Zakrajsek at raz@utk.edu) is corresponding author.
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