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Andrew Powell

The purpose of this narrative review is to highlight the potential relevance of therapeutic alliance as a concept to aid the conceptualization, design, and development of effective interventions that aim to increase the physical activity (PA) levels of older adults. Therapeutic alliance has been

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TO OUR READERS: The copyright has changed in the ahead of print version of the following article: Powell, A. Therapeutic alliance and its potential application to physical activity interventions for older adults: A narrative review. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity . Advance online

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Rory Mack, Jeff Breckon, Joanne Butt, and Ian Maynard

Sport Theme Subthemes MI applied tools Elicit-Provide-Elicit Agenda mapping Values sort Scaling rulers (importance; confidence; readiness) Goal setting MI-consistent sharing information and expertise Consider the therapeutic alliance Dialogue not monologue Collaboration Athlete autonomy Athlete as

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Rory Mack, Jeff Breckon, Joanne Butt, and Ian Maynard

The purpose of this study was to explore how sport and exercise psychologists working in sport understand and use motivational interviewing (MI). Eleven practitioners participated in semistructured interviews, and inductive thematic analysis identified themes linked to explicit use of MI, such as building engagement and exploring ambivalence to change; the value of MI, such as enhancing the relationship, rolling with resistance and integrating with other approaches; and barriers to the implementation of MI in sport psychology, such as a limited evidence-base in sport. Findings also indicated considerable implicit use of MI by participants, including taking an athlete-centered approach, supporting athlete autonomy, reflective listening, demonstrating accurate empathy, and taking a nonprescriptive, guiding role. This counseling style appears to have several tenets to enhance current practice in sport psychology, not least the enhancement of therapeutic alliance.

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

delivered in conversations with athletes. For example, the specific communication strategies used (and not used), specific models and tools implemented, conscious processes in cultivating a therapeutic alliance, recognition of athlete readiness for an intervention, structures that guide practitioner

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Eleftherios Paraskevopoulos, Georgios Gioftsos, Georgios Georgoudis, and Maria Papandreou

patient–provider relationship was highlighted in this study either through task-related support or through confidence in athletes when performing their exercise rehabilitation program. Thus, it can be speculated that an important contributor to ERA may be the development of therapeutic alliance (TA

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Abby Haynes, Catherine Sherrington, Geraldine Wallbank, David Lester, Allison Tong, Dafna Merom, Chris Rissel, and Anne Tiedemann

-directed goals. Together, these points strongly resonate with the concept of therapeutic alliance. Key factors in a sound therapeutic alliance are shared goal-setting and decision making, resulting in a tailored action plan that is congruent with the client’s values and circumstances and the development of a

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Martin J. Turner, Gillian Aspin, Faye F. Didymus, Rory Mack, Peter Olusoga, Andrew G. Wood, and Richard Bennett

.g., relating to attitudes, expectations), and automatic thoughts. Rather than being a philosophical modality like REBT, CT is a more concrete approach that focuses on the therapeutic alliance to develop, among other things, unconditional other acceptance (i.e., the understanding that others can accept us

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Katie Stephenson, Melissa N. Womble, Shawn R. Eagle, Philip Schatz, Tatiana Gervase, Brett Gustman, Eric Castor, Anthony P. Kontos, and R.J. Elbin

therapeutic alliance and patient satisfaction . J Head Trauma Rehabil . Published online July 26, 2021 . doi:10.1097/HTR.0000000000000707

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Natalie S. Sherry, Abigail Feder, Raymond Pan, Shawn R. Eagle, and Anthony P. Kontos

strong therapeutic alliance with the athlete that may not be present with other members of the multidisciplinary team. Furthermore, sometimes the patients may not feel as comfortable sharing doubts of recovery or frustrations because patients feel that they may disappoint the neuropsychologist and other