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Irineu Loturco, Lucas A. Pereira, Ciro Winckler, Weverton L. Santos, Ronaldo Kobal and Michael McGuigan

Paralympic athletes and the force–velocity relationship. This case study is in line with previous recommendations highlighting the emergent necessity to produce useful and practical knowledge, in an attempt to bridge the wide gap that exists between sport science and sport practice. 13 Practical Applications

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Anne M. Merrem and Matthew D. Curtner-Smith

organizational socialization. Method Participants and Setting The participants in this case study were Heidi and Lisa (fictitious names), two Caucasian female German sport pedagogy faculty members with differing levels of experience who held full-time positions at their respective German universities. They

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Evie Oregon, Lauren McCoy, Lacee’ Carmon-Johnson and Angel Brown-Reveles

educators, Young, Pittman, and Spengler ( 2004 ) proposed the legal case method. This method highlights specific cases to illustrate key points of law and provides applications for real situations. Case studies allow for more emphasis on practical experience and assist students in connecting the curriculum

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Amanda Martindale and Dave Collins

This case study of an elite judo player recovering from injury provides an exemplification of a practitioner’s Professional Judgment and Decision Making (PJDM) using a ‘reflection-in-action research’ methodology. The process of “reflection-in-action” Schön (1991) and in particular the concept of ‘framing’ offer insight into how professionals think in action. These concepts assisted the practitioner in organizing, clarifying and conceptualizing the client’s issues and forming intentions for impact. This case study exemplifies the influence of practitioner PJDM on implementation at multiple levels of practice including planning the overall program of support, designing specific interventions to aid client recovery and moment-to-moment in-situ decision making session-by session. It is suggested that consideration of practitioner PJDM should be a strong feature of case study reporting and that this approach carries the potential to extend our use of case studies within applied sport psychology practice.

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Marlene A. Dixon and Per G. Svensson

resolve tensions from institutional complexity as stakeholders enter and exit the organization and the project evolves? What are the ramifications of such actions for the organization? In this article, we present an in-depth case study that unpacks how a start-up SDP organization created from within a

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Daniel B. Robinson, Lynn Randall and Joe Barrett

understood by PE teachers, provincial lead PE teachers were invited to participate in a qualitative case study in which they were interviewed about their understanding of physical literacy. This initial exploratory investigation allowed for a consideration of what lead PE teachers think and know about a

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Juan Meng and Po-Lin Pan

A limited number of studies have examined the effectiveness of apology techniques in image restoration of athletes involved in sex scandals. This case study used Benoit’s (1995) image-restoration strategies to examine the apology techniques 3 athletes used to negotiate their sex scandals and attempted to encourage further discussion of these techniques. Three athletes’ sex scandals were comparatively analyzed, including those of golfer Tiger Woods, National Football League quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, and the National Basketball Association’s Kobe Bryant. This case study integrated the apology statements made by each athlete and examined sports-news coverage of the scandals from The New York Times, USA Today, and The Washington Post. This case study offers important insights on how these athletes restored their images and handled the crises surrounded their sex scandals.

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John F. Mathers

Success on the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) World Tour requires a specific blend of perceptuomotor abilities, technical proficiency, tactical awareness and mental skills. This case study describes the competitive structure of professional tennis and outlines the program of mental skills delivered to a professional tennis player over a 3-year period. The program embraced five stages: (1) education; (2) assessment/profiling; (3) mental skill learning; (4) application of mental skills in context and (5) evaluation, and was associated with some positive outcomes. This case study provides some possible guidelines for sport psychologists who may wish to provide consultancy services within professional tennis.

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David E. Clementson

This case study examined the effects of equivocation in sport communication. U.S. National Football League quarterback Tom Brady held a press conference in January 2015 during a scandal. The author experimentally manipulated versions of the press conference, one with equivocal parts included (e.g., “I don’t know, I have no idea”), and one with those parts removed. Outcome measures included source credibility and perceptions of dodging questions. When Brady equivocated, participants perceived him to have more goodwill. Furthermore, his equivocal answers were not perceived as dodging the questions. This case study helps extend predictions of strategic ambiguity and equivocation theory into the field of sport communication.

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Wesley J. Wilson and K. Andrew R. Richards

investigation ( Richards & Wilson, 2019 ) examined preservice teachers’ acculturation and reasons for enrolling in APETE. The present study was designed as a descriptive case study with the overarching purpose of developing an “in-depth understanding of the situation and its meaning for those involved