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Michael McDougall, Mark Nesti and David Richardson

The challenges encountered by sport psychologists operating within elite and professional sports teams have arguably been inadequately considered (Nesti, 2010). It has been suggested that this may be due to the inaccessibility of elite team environments (Eubank, Nesti, & Cruickshank, 2014; Nesti, 2010). The purpose of this research was to examine the challenges facing practitioners who operate in elite environments and to illuminate how these were experienced. Qualitative interviews with six experienced applied sport psychologists were conducted and a narrative themed analysis undertaken. Four main themes emerged as most prevalent and meaningful: challenges to congruence, a broader role: managing multiple relationships, the influence of elite sport cultures, and surviving and thriving were presented in narrative form. Practitioners provided experiential insight into how specific challenges were understood and dealt with, and how they are able to provide an effective service while managing themselves and the demands of the environment.

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Derek T. Smith, Tannah Broman, Marcus Rucker, Cecile Sende and Sarah Banner

.g., student retention, postgraduate employment rates) but also to inform and be responsive to changes in generational cohort educational expectations and communication preferences; diversity, equity, and inclusion; and maintaining high-quality academic programs in the face of 21st-century challenges. The discipline of

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Brendan Dwyer, Joshua M. Lupinek and Rebecca M. Achen

 Because it is something to do during football season. ENH1 .830  To make watching NFL games more enjoyable. ENH2 .780  To make watching the games more exciting. ENH3 .778  To enjoy Sundays more. ENH4 .683 Challenge (4.534, 1.346) .617 .894  Because I enjoy beating male opponents. CHA1 .944  Because I can

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Shushu Chen and Laura Misener

that impact not only host communities but also peripheral communities because of the size and scope of the phenomena ( Deccio & Baloglu, 2002 ; Liu, Broom, & Wilson, 2014 ). This presents distinctive challenges for a host city seeking to benefit from the hosting of an event such as the Olympic Games

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Cailee E. Welch Bacon, Gary W. Cohen, Melissa C. Kay, Dayna K. Tierney and Tamara C. Valovich McLeod

trainers’ current concussion management practices indicated time, financial burden, and limited resources as primary factors preventing baseline or follow-up concussion testing in the secondary school setting. 14 However, while these findings provided an initial understanding of the challenges athletic

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Stewart Cotterill

Cricket, as a sport, presents significant psychological challenges to players, coaches, and support staff. In particular, the long duration of games and variability in the overall duration of games can make psychological strategies difficult to apply ( Cotterill & Barker, 2013 ). The psychological

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Dana K. Voelker and Justine J. Reel

detection and referral of athletes who exhibit eating disorder symptoms. Yet, the potential reach and effect of eating disorder and body image research in sport has not been actualized due to the challenges of conducting these studies in a sport context. To date, the literature on eating disorders and body

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Gwendolyn M. Weatherford, Betty A. Block and Fredrick L. Wagner

nature of sport is also observed and felt on personal levels for many other reasons not attributed to money. As a result of this multi-billion dollar industry and its commodification, there are ensuing complexities and capitalistic directives that correspond with issues and challenges in sport. Mangan

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Hunter S. Waldman, Brandon D. Shepherd, Brendan Egan and Matthew J. McAllister

Individuals in high-stress occupations (i.e., firefighters, police officers, military personnel, etc.) are required to make quick decisions while simultaneously performing physically demanding tasks. When both physiological and psychological stressors are present (i.e., dual-stress challenges [DSCs

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Timothy A. Brusseau

leadership, physical education–teacher education, and preprofessional training for physical therapy, occupational therapy, medicine, and other health-related fields. Indeed, a common challenge we face with these varied subdisciplines is the ability to have a singular program of study that provides the