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A Survey of Applied Impact of Literature in Sport Psychology

Andrew P. Friesen

implied direct connection between the scholarly literature (whether empirical or narrative in nature) and applied practice. In addition, recent initiatives within the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) have emphasized the need for increased and explicit scholar–practitioner linkages. For

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Virtual Reality and Sport Psychology: Implications for Applied Practice

Stewart T. Cotterill

, however, that VR currently has the greatest potential for discrete skill development and perceiving/decision-making applications. Future Developments More research and evidence from applied practice are required to further clarify the advantages of using VR and verify that the virtual environment is

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Stereotype Threat in Sport: Recommendations for Applied Practice and Research

Daniel M. Smith and Sarah E. Martiny

research. Thereafter, recommendations are provided for applied practice in sport. What Stereotypes Exist in Sport? There are many stereotypes about various groups in sport. In this paper, we maintain a broad definition of “sport” to include competitive team and individual sports, disabled sport, senior

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An Insight Into the Use of Personality Assessment by U.K. Sport Psychology Consultants

Stephen Rowles and Tim Holder

are not currently understood. From a practitioner perspective, literature documenting how such findings are actually used by SPCs is now explored. A small number of diverse case studies were identified that describe the use of personality assessment in applied practice, with sports covered including

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Stress Management Strategies in Esports: An Exploratory Online Survey on Applied Practice

Oliver Leis, Matthew Watson, Laura Swettenham, Ismael Pedraza-Ramirez, and Franziska Lautenbach

.g., maintaining focus and adaptive coping; Himmelstein et al., 2017 ; Nagorsky & Wiemeyer, 2020 ), and the increasing interest from practitioners working on these issues (e.g.,  Watson et al., 2021 ), empirical evidence on applied practice in esports is needed (e.g.,  Leis et al., 2021 ). This knowledge could help to

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The Development of Professional Judgment and Decision Making Expertise in Applied Sport Psychology

Amanda Martindale and Dave Collins

This paper establishes current theoretical understanding on the development of professional judgment and decision-making (PJDM) expertise within applied sport psychology (ASP). Traditional and naturalistic paradigms of decision making are contrasted and the resulting blending of systematic analysis and intuition most appropriate for applied practice is explained through the concept of skilled intuition (Kahneman & Klein, 2009). Conditions for the development of skilled intuition are considered alongside recognition of the fragility of human judgment and the subtleties of the ASP environment. Key messages from cognitive psychology literature on the development of PJDM expertise are offered and recommendations made to facilitate the acquisition of decision-making expertise in ASP.

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Organizational Culture Beyond Consensus and Clarity: Narratives From Elite Sport

Michael McDougall, Noora Ronkainen, David Richardson, Martin Littlewood, and Mark Nesti

organizational sport life in their research and applied practices ( McDougall & Ronkainen, 2019 ; Wagstaff & Burton-Wylie, 2018 ). As highlighted in Oliver’s narrative, the differentiation approach, for instance, can be used as a means to examine themes of conflict, resistance to authority, as well as

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A Case Study Investigation Into a Group Online Sport Psychology Support Intervention for Injured Athletes

Caroline Heaney and Nichola Kentzer

support for injured athletes. We are both experienced sport and exercise psychologists with over 20 years of applied experience each and have used online sport psychology delivery methods in our applied practice, both currently and long in advance of the COVID-19 pandemic (e.g.,  Heaney, 2013 ), but prior

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In Pursuit of Congruence: A Personal Reflection on Methods and Philosophy in Applied Practice

Pete Lindsay, Jeff D. Breckon, Owen Thomas, and Ian W. Maynard

The chosen methods of applied sport psychology practitioners should be underpinned by their personal core beliefs and values (Poczwardowski, Sherman, & Ravizza, 2004). However, many novice practitioners unquestioningly adopt the dominant method of the field (Fishman, 1999), and thus might find themselves incongruent in terms of their professional philosophy (Tudor & Worrall, 2004). This article aims to highlight questions that practitioners might reflect on to achieve greater congruence in terms of their philosophy of practice. Autoethnographic accounts of consultancies by a recently qualified practitioner are used to explore one practitioner’s journey toward congruence in professional philosophy. Insights arising from these consultancies for the practitioner are provided, and the wider implications for the training and certification and accreditation of practitioners are considered.

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A Reflective Case Study of Sport Psychology Support at the Lacrosse World Cup

Philippa McGregor and Stacy Winter

The purpose of this paper is to share and reflect on personal experiences of providing sport psychology support to an international lacrosse squad during their World Cup participation. Based on the needs analysis assessments from observation reports and informal communications, key areas of support included: (1) creating structure and routine, (2) facilitating team reflections, (3) goal setting, (4) game preparation, and (5) providing off-field support. Working with this team exposed the dynamic nature of sport psychology consultancy, and the unpredictability of what is required from a team in a high-performance setting. Individual consultancy through informal communications with players signaled the importance of supporting the person beyond their role as an athlete. Team-level support via group workshop sessions was predominantly performance-related, and required the adoption of solution-focused approaches given the time pressure on strategies to be effective. The support facilitated team organization and preparation, which enabled players to be both mentally and physically ready for each game. Establishing stable routines, game plans, and clear goals, and having adequate reflection and feedback time were reported by the players as important facets of their World Cup experience and success.