Revisiting “Gaining Entry”: Roundtable Discussion 25 Years Later

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The science and practice of sport psychology have experienced significant growth and development over the past 30 years. The purposes of this roundtable discussion were to engage sport psychology consultants’ views on gaining entry, especially as it relates to long-term work with athletic clients and to compare these views with Ravizza’s seminal work on gaining entry. Four consultants with extensive experience in sport psychology participated in a two-phase roundtable that was facilitated by a sport psychology professional. Topics explored and conclusions drawn provided further verification of Ravizza’s original insights about gaining entry (e.g., barriers to entry) and added new insights to account for rapid social and generational changes (e.g., role of gender, preferences of modern athletes, importance of interactive observation). The use of technology and adding teleconsulting to service delivery warrant careful approach and future examinations. Lifelong professional development is critical in optimizing gaining entry especially, given the rapid changes in both client demographics and sport and performance psychology knowledge.

Poczwardowski, Aoyagi, and Laird are with the Graduate School of Professional Psychology, University of Denver, Denver, CO, USA. Fritze is with Premier Sport Psychology, Edina, MN, USA.

Poczwardowski (Artur.Poczwardowski@du.edu) is corresponding author.
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