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Kristoffer Henriksen, Carsten Hvid Larsen, Louise Kamuk Storm and Knud Ryom

Young competitive athletes are not miniature elite athletes; they are a distinct client group to whom sport psychology practitioners (SPPs) increasingly deliver services. Interventions with this client group are often undertaken by newly educated SPPs who are in need of good guiding principles. Yet, there is a lack of research informing SPPs’ work with this group. In this current study, semistructured qualitative interviews were conducted with four experienced practitioners about their most successful interventions in competitive youth sport. Analysis showed three major themes: (a) young athletes should be equipped with a holistic skills package that enables them to handle a number of existential challenges; (b) young athletes are embedded in an environment (coaches, experts, teammates etc.) that should be involved in the interventions; and (c) interventions with young athletes should maintain a long-term focus. These themes are discussed in the context of current literature on sport psychology service delivery.

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Kendahl Shortway, Marina Oganesova and Andrew Vincent

Sport psychology practitioners on college campuses, whether contracted or employed by the institution, often develop close and influential relationships with the student-athletes whom they serve. These relationships can serve multiple functions and may be affected by issues that occur outside of

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Kristoffer Henriksen, Louise Kamuk Storm, Natalia Stambulova, Nicklas Pyrdol and Carsten Hvid Larsen

. Based on interviews with expert sport psychology practitioners (SPPs), the present study investigates successful and less successful intervention experiences in two main contexts: competitive youth and elite senior sport. Successful sport psychology interventions are sensitized in the sense that they

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Jana L. Fogaca, Jack C. Watson II and Sam J. Zizzi

them develop better relationships with clients ( Rønnestad & Skovholt, 2003 ; Stoltenberg & McNeil, 2009 ). Tod ( 2007 ) has suggested that sport psychology use counseling development theory as a framework to better understand sport psychology practitioners’ development. Although previous studies have

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Alessandro Quartiroli, Edward F. Etzel, Sharon M. Knight and Rebecca A. Zakrajsek

continued to necessitate that sport psychology practitioners work with their unique clientele in a range of nontraditional environments (e.g., hotel lobbies, during air travel), working conditions (e.g., quick meetings during water breaks or time trials while practicing the sport), and professional roles (e

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Nicole T. Gabana, Aaron D’Addario, Matteo Luzzeri, Stinne Soendergaard and Y. Joel Wong

applicability of gratitude interventions in sport, as well as insight into how an athlete’s spiritual/religious identity may intersect with other variables related to mental health and performance. Understanding these relationships can allow sport psychology practitioners to be more intentional when considering

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Leonardo Ruiz, Judy L. Van Raalte, Thaddeus France and Al Petitpas

others in similar positions, “machismo” beliefs and a fear of being vulnerable to other players who are vying for the same limited professional sport opportunities may be major obstacles to seeking help from sport psychologists or other helping professionals. Sport psychology practitioners who work

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Jeffrey G. Caron, Gordon A. Bloom, Karen M. Johnston and Catherine M. Sabiston

The purpose of this study was to understand the meanings and lived experiences of multiple concussions in professional hockey players using hermeneutic, idiographic, and inductive approaches within an interpretative phenomenological analysis. The interviewer was an athlete who had suffered multiple concussions, and the interviewees were five former National Hockey League athletes who had retired due to medically diagnosed concussions suffered during their careers. The men discussed the physical and psychological symptoms they experienced as a result of their concussions and how the symptoms affected their professional careers, personal relationships, and quality of life. The former professional athletes related these symptoms to the turmoil that is ever present in their lives. These findings are of interest to athletes, coaches, sport administrators, family members, sport psychology practitioners, and medical professionals, as they highlight the severity of short- and long-term effects of concussions.

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Justine J. Reel

strategies and performance enhancement approaches to best serve athletes, exercisers, and other performers. JCSP provides practical recommendations to mental health providers and applied sport psychology practitioners, stimulates provocative discussions, promotes best practices and intervention strategies

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Rosemary A. Arthur, Nichola Callow, Ross Roberts and Freya Glendinning

, coaches who have good relationships and regular contact with athletes could be in an ideal position to help athletes incorporate PS consistently into training. In addition, coaches are far greater in number than sport psychology practitioners and coach delivery of PS training would make PS support