The importance of discovering the athlete’s perspective of his or her own notions of self and performance is discussed with reference to Personal Construct Theory (Bannister & Fransella, 1986; Kelly, 1955). The athlete’s constructions are displayed in the form of performance profiles and the methodology of developing such profiles is described. The application of performance profiles is illustrated with a number of examples from elite athletes over a range of Olympic sports.
R.J. Butler is with the Department of Clinical Psychology, High Royds Hospital, Menston, Nr. Ilkley, West Yorkshire LS29 6AQ England. L. Hardy is with the Department of Sport, Health, and Physical Education, University College of North Wales, Bangor, Gwynedd LL57 2DG, UK.