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Jack Martin and David Cox

A recently developed social psychological and biographical approach to the study of lives, life positioning analysis (LPA), is applied to the early life experiences of Canadian basketball player Steve Nash for the purpose of identifying sources of his athletic creativity and work ethic. The analysis focuses on Nash’s childhood and adolescence, especially his interactions with his father, brother, coaches, friends, and teammates. The interpretations, results, and conclusions offered describe specific types of interaction with these other individuals as likely influences on the development of important psychological aspects of the team oriented creativity that came to characterize Nash’s unique athletic style. The article concludes with a brief description of the unique yields and possible contributions of this type of biographical case study as a methodological approach in sport psychology.

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A. Rui Gomes, Alexandre Gonçalves, Catarina Morais, Clara Simães, and Rui Resende

). Transformational leadership and creativity in sport: Examining the mediating role of support for innovation . Journal of Sports Sciences, 38 ( 23 ), 2698 – 2707 . https://doi.org/10.1080/02640414.2020.1796186 10.1080/02640414.2020.1796186 Carroll , B. , Ford , J. , & Taylor , S. ( 2019 ). Leadership

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Jeffery Kurt Ward, Peter A. Hastie, and Kamden Strunk

. , Davids , K. , Araújo , D. , & Passos , P. ( 2011 ). Constraints-induced emergence of functional novelty in complex neurobiological systems: A basis for creativity in sport . Nonlinear Dynamics, Psychology, and Life Sciences, 15 , 175 – 206 . Ireson , J. , & Hallam , S. ( 2001 ). Ability