The literature on the practice of sport and performance psychology (SPP) is lacking in recent contributions from student practitioners despite previous calls for additional contributions (Holt & Strean, 2001; Tonn & Harmison, 2004). A recent graduate from a master’s degree program in SPP was invited to attend USA Swimming 2012 Olympic Team Trials as a member of the support staff for the club swim team she had been consulting with for the duration of her graduate training. The focus of this paper is to expand upon this gap in the literature by providing a first-hand account of a young practitioner’s experiences at a high-performance meet. The neophyte consultant’s use of supervision for personal and professional preparation for Olympic trials, her experiences there, including ethical dilemmas encountered, and the lessons learned from attending such an event so early in her career will be discussed. Future implications are also offered for graduate students and early career professionals in SPP.
Lessons Learned Consulting at Olympic Trials: Swimming Through Growing Pains
Dolores A. Christensen and Mark W. Aoyagi
Revisiting “Gaining Entry”: Roundtable Discussion 25 Years Later
Artur Poczwardowski, Mark Aoyagi, Thomas Fritze, and Mark Laird
and modern athlete with the emphasis on the use of technology, and gaining entry with nonsport performers. These new considerations to gaining entry sometimes addressed the needs of neophyte consultants (graduate students, beginning practitioners), whereas others applied to all consultants regardless