This paper presents a case study of an elite female coach and her career termination from a 20+ year career following a critical life incident. A novel autobiographical approach was adopted whereby the participant undertook expressive writing to describe her experiences before, during, and following coaching an athlete at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games. Thematic analysis indicated seven phases related to the participant’s experiences of the critical incident: Build up to the event, the event, the aftermath, recovery and reflection on the event, sampling of new avenues, enlightenment, and career rebirth. The findings reinforce the high demands placed upon elite coaches, the subsequent threats to physical and mental well-being, and the importance of having robust psychological skills and suitable social support to cope with these demands. Implications for preparing and supporting coaches for successful career transition are discussed.
Göran Kenttä, Stephen Mellalieu, and Claire-Marie Roberts
Mildred Mary Witt
Sustaining an injury can be traumatic for a collegiate student-athlete. Serious injuries are often accompanied by complex emotional and psychological responses that warrant a mental health consultation and clinical intervention. Anxiety and stress-related concerns are increasingly prevalent in the student-athlete population, particularly among female student-athletes. This paper reviews the relevant injury, sports psychology, and counseling literature pertaining to student-athletes, with a focus on female collegiate athletes. Utilizing a hypothetical case illustration, the counseling needs of the injured female student-athlete are discussed. Three therapeutic interventions: expressive writing, cognitive processing therapy, and Koru Meditation, an evidencedbased curriculum for teaching mindfulness skills, are proposed to reduce anxiety, injury-related stress, and other mental health concerns in this population.
Maja Gunhild Olsen, Jan Arvid Haugan, Maria Hrozanova, and Frode Moen
study used an autobiographical approach with expressive writing in the form of letters. The coaches worked mainly in the United Kingdom (four studies). Two studies did not mention the coaches’ place of work due to the risk of compromising the anonymity of the participants (16 participants). The research
Ross Wadey, Kylie Roy-Davis, Lynne Evans, Karen Howells, Jade Salim, and Ceri Diss
feelings.” SPCs reported helping by using other mediums (e.g., written diaries, expressive writing, journaling, artwork, poetry, music), as well as meaning-focused questions, questioning clients’ use of metaphors, and helping them “fill in the blanks.” Finally, SPCs highlighted the importance of listening
Ben Laslett and Mark Uphill
project as a whole. Intervention Therapeutic Letter to Self In previous disclosing writing research ( King & Miner, 2000 ; Lyubomirsky et al., 2011 ), expressive writing has been associated with an enhanced emotional experience. Indeed theoretically, writing a letter from a future- to past-self would
Mark Dottori, Guy Faulkner, Ryan Rhodes, Norm O’Reilly, Leigh Vanderloo, and Gashaw Abeza
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Alana Signore, Brittany N. Semenchuk, and Shaelyn M. Strachan
, 29 ( 7 ), 797 – 820 . https://doi.org/10.1521/jscp.2010.29.7.797 10.1521/jscp.2010.29.7.797 Range , L. , & Jenkins , S. ( 2010 ). Who benefits from Pennebaker’s expressive writing paradigm? Research recommendations from three gender theories . Sex Roles, 63 ( 3 ), 149 – 164 . https