An Eclectic Approach to Psychological Interventions in Sport: Reversal Theory

in The Sport Psychologist
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In this article, the basic postulates of reversal theory are described, and the potential of the theory for professional practice in sport psychology is clarified. At focus is the reversal theory approach to athlete problem assessment (especially reversal process problems), intervention treatment and strategies, and the behavior of the successful therapist towards the athlete. Reversal theory’s comprehensive conceptual model, together with applications of the theory in psychotherapy, are used to support arguments for an eclectic but systematic approach to intervention work with sport performers.

John H. Kerr is with the Department of Physical Education at Nijenrode University, Straatweg 25, 3621 BG, Breukelen, The Netherlands.

The Sport Psychologist
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