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Claire-Marie Roberts and Jacky Forsyth

performance psychology support. In addition, the unique quandary of female athletes who decide to become a mother during an athletic career creates a significant interruption to their career trajectory, bringing with it a unique set of demands that requires coping processes to allow a return to elite sport

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Nick Wadsworth, Ben Paszkowec and Martin Eubank

forced to disengage from elite sport ( Lavallee, Nesti, Borkoles, Cockerill, & Edge, 2000 ). This one-dimensional identity can also intensify the emotions experienced during moments of perceived failure or when receiving critical feedback. Aims of the Intervention It was clear that in the support

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Martin J. Turner, Stuart Carrington and Anthony Miller

Elite Sport,” 2017 ). Some authors ( Hughes & Leavey, 2012 ) posit that athletes are at greater risk of mental illness due to the contextual demands of sport such as the requirement for high effort, great investment of time, and high exertion of energy, leading to loss of autonomy and disempowerment

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Iñigo Mujika and Ritva S. Taipale

scientists over the years are women (36 out of 196), and a simple count of female and male authors in the first 5 issues of IJSPP published in 2019 indicates that only 13% were women. While the world of elite sport is evolving and women have achieved leadership positions in both coaching and science

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Danielle Peers, Timothy Konoval and Rebecca Marsh Naturkach

discursively absent because they are not imagined or welcomed within the program. The inclusion of para-athletes in primarily athletic discourses was also evident on some DSO websites. Global Wheelchair Athletics adopts an entirely elite sport discourse throughout its website, while making it clear that it

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Breanna Drew and James Matthews

, Seligman, & McBride, 2011 ); secondary education ( Boniwell & Ryan, 2012 ) and elite sport ( Fletcher & Sarkar, 2016 ). These programmes typically focus on personal characteristics (e.g., optimism and self-regulation), a facilitative social environment (e.g., information rich feedback, encouragement of

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Nick Wadsworth

). Furthermore, it can often be the case that the high level of commitment involved with elite sport and the facilitating role parents adopt might inhibit young athletes from disclosing their experiences ( Stirling, 2011 ), and it is particularly common in gymnastics for the athletes to develop a “code of

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International Sport Coaching Journal


for coach development? Ten coaches at an elite sport school in Norway attended the program over a season, and afterwards they were asked whether the learning material had contributed to their knowledge of need-supportive skills. Thematic analysis of the interviews revealed visualization, awareness

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Shannon O’Donnell, Christopher M. Beaven and Matthew Driller

range of other psychological and physiological variables that highlight the difficulty in assessing the relationship between performance and napping. Furthermore, applied research in the elite sport setting can be somewhat difficult, with some coaches being reluctant to add any distractions, especially

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Laura St. Germain, Amanda M. Rymal and David J. Hancock

Elite sport performance has captured the attention of sport science researchers for several decades. During this period of intense investigation, researchers have identified many factors that influence the development of elite performance. Ericsson, Krampe, and Tesch-Römer ( 1993 ), for instance