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Psychological Distress in Elite Adolescent Soccer Players Following Deselection

David J. Blakelock, Mark A. Chen, and Tim Prescott

Elite adolescent soccer players may represent one athletic population that is vulnerable to developing psychological distress following deselection. This study examined the proportion of players experiencing clinical levels of psychological distress following selection procedures and whether player status (i.e., deselected vs. retained) had a significant effect on psychological distress. Data was collected from 91 players who completed the General Health Questionnaire -12 at three time points: 7–14 days before selection procedures, 7 days after and 21 days after. Although outcomes were heterogeneous, a sizable proportion of deselected players were found to experience clinical levels of psychological distress. A factorial ANOVA (p < .001) found that deselected players experienced higher levels of psychological distress than retained players at postselection time points. The research provides evidence that some deselected players are “at risk” of developing clinical levels of psychological distress. Clinical implications and recommendations for future research are discussed.

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Female Athletes’ Experiences of Positive Growth Following Deselection in Sport

Kacey C. Neely, John G.H. Dunn, Tara-Leigh F. McHugh, and Nicholas L. Holt

athletes’ experiences of positive growth following deselection; that is, “getting cut” from a competitive sport team based on the decisions of a coach ( Neely, Dunn, McHugh, & Holt, 2016 ). From a clinical perspective, trauma is defined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders as

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The Deselection Process in Competitive Female Youth Sport

Kacey C. Neely, John G.H. Dunn, Tara-Leigh F. McHugh, and Nicholas L. Holt

The overall purpose of this study was to examine coaches’ views on deselecting athletes from competitive female adolescent sport teams. Individual semistructured interviews were conducted with 22 head coaches of Canadian provincial level soccer, basketball, volleyball, and ice hockey teams. Interpretive description methodology (Thorne, 2008) was used. Results revealed deselection was a process that involved four phases: pre-tryout meeting, evaluation and decision-making, communication of deselection, and post deselection reflections. Within the evaluation and decision-making phase coaches made programmed and nonprogrammed decisions under conditions of certainty and uncertainty. When faced with uncertainty coaches relied on intuition.

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One-to-One Support With a Professional Rugby League Player: A Case for Referral?

Nick Wadsworth, Ben Paszkowec, and Martin Eubank

both his performance and his well-being ( Nesti, 2007 ). The two main challenges discussed during this second session centered around C.T.’s transition into the first-team squad and his experiences of prolonged deselection. However, as the consultancy process continued and C.T. came closer to the end

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Tick-Tock Goes the Biological Clock: Challenges Facing Elite Scandinavian Mother-Athletes

Max Bergström, Stig Arve Sæther, Guro Strøm Solli, and Kerry McGawley

start a family ( Ekengren et al., 2020 ). Elite athletes may be excluded or ostracized because of perceived deviations from these cultural expectations (e.g., by combining motherhood and an athletic career), thereby risking deselection or reduced career development opportunities ( Hellborg, 2019 ). This

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Coaching on the Talent Pathway: Understanding the Influence of Developmental Experiences on Coaching Philosophy

Graham G. Williams and Áine MacNamara

skills developed in talent pathways in sport and transferred to nonsporting domains post deselection from a talent pathway ( Williams & MacNamara, 2020 ). While such evidence may shine a positive light on the experience and development of youth athletes in talent pathways, literature has also recognised

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Coach and Athlete Perspectives on Talent Transfer in Paralympic Sport

Nima Dehghansai, Alia Mazhar, and Joseph Baker

same to deselection, and findings from the literature suggest there can be a range of negative psychological consequences for athletes facing normative and nonnormative deselection outcomes ( Brown & Potrac, 2009 ; Gleddie et al., 2019 ). Athletes with a strong sense of athletic identity may have a

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Transition-Related Psychosocial Factors and Mental Health Outcomes in Former National Football League Players: An NFL-LONG Study

J.D. DeFreese, Samuel R. Walton, Zachary Yukio Kerr, Benjamin L. Brett, Avinash Chandran, Rebekah Mannix, Hope Campbell, Ruben J. Echemendia, Michael A. McCrea, William P. Meehan III, and Kevin M. Guskiewicz

transitions of elite/professional athletes ( Stambulova et al., 2009 ) including how the social-cultural context that surrounds the athlete may better predict athlete transition experiences. This includes the nature of the deselection process itself as well as how the athletes themselves, and/or practitioners

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Monitoring Practices of Training Load and Biological Maturity in UK Soccer Academies

Jamie Salter, Mark B.A. De Ste Croix, Jonathan D. Hughes, Matthew Weston, and Christopher Towlson

adolescent soccer are noncontact and soft tissue in nature 6 , 7 suggesting that these injuries may be attributable to inadequate training load prescription or growth-related physical and anthropometrical changes. 8 , 9 Significant time loss through injury or illness may have major implications for (de)selection

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Professional Footballers’ Association Counselors’ Perceptions of the Role Long-Term Injury Plays in Mental Health Issues Presented by Current and Former Players

Misia Gervis, Helen Pickford, and Thomas Hau

, George, & Chmielewski, 2017 ). Re-injury anxiety is any negative thinking or worry about the consequences of the injury such as it ending a sporting career, or deselection. Forced retirement of this nature has been shown to be traumatic in itself ( Fortunato & Marchant, 1999 ). Whereas fear of re