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Israel Halperin

research and practice. In this commentary, I will expand on their recommendations by proposing that exercise scientists should more frequently utilize a specific qualitative research design: case studies. In exercise science, case study designs are mostly used to acquire knowledge about the training

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Alan D. Ruddock, Craig Boyd, Edward M. Winter and Mayur Ranchordas

In a recent issue of this journal, Halperin 1 discussed the merits of case studies as a means to bridge the gap between science and practice. It has been suggested that traditional forms of scientific study are not “user friendly” for coaches because they rely upon group-based statistical analyses

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Rory J. Mack, Jeff D. Breckon, Paul D. O’Halloran and Joanne Butt

psychology as a blended framework on which CB and other interventions might be delivered and their effectiveness enhanced. A case-study approach is employed to provide a context and examples of the processes and technical and relational components of MI, to underpin both the therapeutic alliance and PST

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Matt Hoffmann, Todd Loughead and Jeffrey Caron

athlete mentor. Using a case-study design, we focused on the stories this individual constructed about his experiences as a peer mentor to athletes, with the goal of identifying practical implications based on the knowledge gained through these stories. The main research questions guiding this study were

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Terri Graham-Paulson, Claudio Perret and Victoria Goosey-Tolfrey

. Well-trained/elite athletes are also likely to have greater motivation to perform maximal exercise ( Burke, 2008 ). The current case study provided a unique opportunity to investigate the effects of CAF in an elite paratriathlete. Presentation of the Sporting Issue At the London 2012 Paralympic Games

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Giovanna Ghiani, Sara Magnani, Azzurra Doneddu, Gianmarco Sainas, Virginia Pinna, Marco Caboi, Girolamo Palazzolo, Filippo Tocco and Antonio Crisafulli

Journal of Nutrition, 32 , 77 – 97 . PubMed ID: 4843734 doi:10.1079/BJN19740060 10.1079/BJN19740060 Fearnley , D. , Sutton , L. , O’Hara , J. , Brightmore , A. , King , R. , & Cooke , C. ( 2012 ). Case study of a female ocean racer: Prerace preparation and nutritional intake during the

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Trent Stellingwerff

with a strong conceptual underpinning, very little scientific information exists on how to optimally implement interventions around body composition periodization throughout a given year, let alone over an entire career. This case study will feature an Olympic-level female middle-distance runner

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Christopher Rosimus

. Squash is an indoor sport. Individuals who perform indoors are at an increased risk of vitamin D deficiency ( Angeline et al., 2013 ). In athletes, vitamin D deficiency may impair muscle function, compromise the immune system, and impair bone health ( Need et al., 2000 ). The aim of this case study was

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Andrew G. Wood, Jamie B. Barker and Martin J. Turner

Rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT; Ellis, 1957) is a psychotherapeutic approach receiving increasing interest within sport. REBT is focused on identifying, disputing, and replacing irrational beliefs (IBs) with rational beliefs (RBs) to promote emotional well-being and goal achievement. This study provides a detailed case outlining the application and effect of seven one-to-one REBT sessions with an elite level archer who was experiencing performance-related anxiety, before and during competition. The case also offers an insight into common misconceptions, challenges, and guidance for those who may consider applying REBT within their practice. Data revealed meaningful short and long-term (6-months) reductions in IBs and improvements in RBs, self-efficacy, perception of control and archery performance. The case supports the effective application of REBT as an intervention with athletic performers, promoting lasting changes in an athlete’s ability to manage their cognitions, emotions and behaviors in the pursuit of performance excellence.

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Lee-Ann Sharp and Ken Hodge

The purpose of this study was to investigate the components necessary for the development of an effective applied sport psychology consulting relationship between a sport psychology consultant (SPC) and a coach. To address this purpose, two SPC-Coach consulting relationship case studies will be presented. Following purposeful sampling methods, members of two SPC-Coach consulting relationships (2 SPCs and 2 elite coaches) participated in individual interviews to discuss their perceptions of effective consulting relationships. Inductive \content analysis was conducted to search for common themes both within and across the two case studies (Weber, 1990). Three categories emerged with shared similarities between both case study relationships as important to the development of effective consulting relationships between SPCs and coaches; (a) SPC knowledge; (b) trust; and (c) friendship. In addition, two categories individual to each of the case study consulting relationships emerged; (d) SPC fitting in with team culture; and (e) flexibility.