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Diane L. Gill

This paper is based on a Senior Lecture presented at the 2019 North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (NASPSPA) conference. Given that I was invited as a senior lecturer, rather than presenting a neat, clear line of research, I am offering a senior perspective on

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Lenny D. Wiersma

Extreme sport athletes perform in environments that are characterized by danger, unpredictability, and fear, and the consequences of a mistake include severe injury or death. Maverick’s is a big-wave surfing location in northern California that is known for its cold water temperatures, dangerous ocean wildlife, deep reef, and other navigational hazards. The purpose of this study was to use a phenomenological framework to understand the psychology of big-wave surfing at Maverick’s. Seven elite big-wave surfers completed in-depth phenomenological interviews and discussed the psychology related to various stages of big-wave surfing, including presurf, in the lineup, catching the wave, riding the wave, wiping out, and postsurf. Big-wave surfers described a variety of experiences associated with surfing at Maverick’s and discussed several ways that they coped with its challenges. The results provide a greater understanding of the psychology of participating in an extreme environment.

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Diane L. Gill, Erin J. Reifsteck, and Leilani Madrigal

I (D.L. Gill) am pleased to contribute to the 40th anniversary celebration of the Brooks-edited book Perspectives on the Academic Discipline of Physical Education . As a very early-career scholar, I ( Gill, 1981 ) wrote the chapter on sport psychology for that book. Now, as a very senior scholar

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Jeffrey Martin

The ideal sport psychology career is not going to be something you apply for in a newspaper advertisement. It will never happen. . . . But you’re going to have to create it yourself. ( Simons & Andersen, 1995 , p. 462) There are only a few individuals in the entire United States who maintain full

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Andrew P. Friesen

Sport and exercise psychology research can often be perceived as applied research in that the topics or variables examined in each study will eventually be used to facilitate improved human performance, participation, and personal growth ( Williams & Straub, 2015 ). That is, there has been an

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Ashley A. Hansen, Joanne E. Perry, John W. Lace, Zachary C. Merz, Taylor L. Montgomery, and Michael J. Ross

Applied sport psychology practice requires the incorporation of many areas of specialty, including clinical psychology, kinesiology, and sport psychology. In order to capture the complexities that exist in this practice, the model of clinical sport psychology (CSP) has been established ( Gardner

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Alessandro Quartiroli, Justine Vosloo, Leslee Fisher, and Robert Schinke

The integration of cultural competence as a core competency (cf. Rodolfa, Bent, Eisman, Nelson, Rehm, & Ritchie, 2005 ) has encouraged psychology practitioners to recognize their clients as moving from being considered a “homogeneous group to [be] a mosaic of people with diverse customs and

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Alessandro Quartiroli, Sharon M. Knight, Edward F. Etzel, and Rebecca A. Zakrajsek

The demanding nature of psychology professionals’ work, including the provision of competent, effective, and ethical services to their clients, is associated with both personal and professional challenges (e.g.,  Stevanovic & Rupert, 2004 ). Such challenges can negatively affect providers’ personal

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Rebecca A. Zakrajsek, Leslee A. Fisher, and Scott B. Martin

study of ATs’ use of sport psychology with injured athletes, concluded that “it is neither necessary nor feasible for athletic trainers to have the knowledge and skill to employ all of these techniques themselves, particularly the more specialized psychological skills such as relaxation and imagery” (p

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Alessandro Quartiroli, Edward F. Etzel, Sharon M. Knight, and Rebecca A. Zakrajsek

The profession of sport psychology has evolved from concentrating on athletes’ sport performance to focusing more holistically on the mental health needs, general well-being, and personal growth of athletes ( McEwan & Tod, 2015 ). However, the complexity and nuances of the world of sport has