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Áine MacNamara and Dave Collins

The importance of psychological characteristics as positive precursors of talent development is acknowledged in literature. Unfortunately, there has been little consideration of the “darker” side of the human psyche. It may be that an inappropriate emphasis on positive characteristics may limit progress. Negative characteristics may also imply derailment or the potential for problems. A comprehensive evaluation of developing performers should cater for positive dual effect and negative characteristics so that these may be exploited and moderated appropriately. An integrated and dynamic system, with a holistic integration of clinical and sport psychology, is offered as an essential element of development systems.

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Nima Dehghansai, Alia Mazhar, and Joseph Baker

may force an athlete to consider retirement, thus transfer becoming an alternative Psycho-behavioral Factors such as lack of motivation or mental resources that may contribute to retirement considerations “Probably climbed as high as they’re going to in that sport, and still have a passion to try to