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The Self-Practice of Sport Psychologists: Do They Practice What They Preach?

Stephen Pack, Brian Hemmings, and Monna Arvinen-Barrow

The maturation processes of applied sport psychologists have received little research attention despite trainees and practitioners having often reported experiencing challenging circumstances when working with clients. Within clinical psychology literature the self-practice of cognitive techniques, alongside self-reflection, has been advocated as a means of addressing such circumstances, and as a significant source of experiential learning. The present study sought to identify the possible types of, and purposes for, self-practice among twelve UK-based sport psychology practitioners. Thematic analysis of semistructured interviews indicated all participants engaged in self-practice for reasons such as managing the self, enhancing understanding of intervention, and legitimising intervention. Some participants also described limitations to self-practice. Subsequently, three overriding themes emerged from analysis: a) the professional practice swamp, b) approaches to, and purposes for, self-practice, and, c) limitations of self-practice. It is concluded that self-practice may provide a means of better understanding self-as-person and self-as-practitioner, and the interplay between both, and is recommended as part of on-going practitioner maturation.

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“Tuning into One’s Self:” Foucault’s Technologies of the Self and Mindful Fitness

Pirkko Markula

This article explores the application of Michel Foucault’s technologies of the self—practices of freedom that are characterized by ethics of self-care, critical awareness, and aesthetic self-stylization. Foucault’s argument states that the technologies of self can act as practices of freedom from disciplinary, discursive body practices. Based on ethnographic fieldwork, this study examines the intersections of Foucault’s theory with commercial fitness practices to identify possibilities for changing the dominant, feminine body discourse. The focus is on fitness practices collectively defined as mindful fitness and specifically one hybrid mindfulfitness form that combines Pilates, yoga, and Tai Chi with western strength training. Through in-depth interviews with the instructors of this hybrid form, this study analyzes the possibilities for mindful fitness to act as a practice of freedom by detailing what can be meant by critically aware, self-stylized fitness professionals for whom ethical care of the self translates to ethical care of the others.

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Experiences of Older Adults With Mild Balance Dysfunction Who Participated in a Supervised Seniors Exercise Park Program Progressing to Independent Practice

Yoke Leng Ng, Keith D. Hill, and Elissa Burton

(a) older adults’ experiences and perceptions of participating in an 18-week supervised Seniors Exercise Park program and a subsequent 6 weeks of independent self-practice using the Seniors Exercise Park and (b) the factors influencing regular participation during a supervised Seniors Exercise Park

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Adaptation of the Five-Step Career Planning Strategy Framework: A Pilot Intervention Case Study

Hee Jung Hong and Ian Fraser

planning their careers and at “a career crossroads” (p. 102); (c) career consultants can prepare for 5-SCP implementation by self-practicing the framework; and (d) the 5-SCP is “a preventive educational intervention tool that assumes that clients are free from clinical concerns” (p. 102). These features

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Concurrent Continuous Versus Bandwidth Visual Feedback With Varying Body Representation for the 2-Legged Squat Exercise

Sean Sanford, Mingxiao Liu, and Raviraj Nataraj

trials promotes self-practice and the development of intrinsic mechanisms, such as muscle memory. 17 , 18 Reduced frequency of feedback paradigms has been effectively utilized when VF is faded, 27 self-selected, 28 - 31 and under bandwidth intermittency. 20 , 32 , 33 Bandwidth VF is the

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“You Challenge Yourself and You’re not Afraid of Anything!” Women’s Narratives of Running in Shanghai

Noora J. Ronkainen, Amanda Shuman, and Lin Xu

( shenti suzhi ) specifically refers to the quality of one’s body and its health, which can be maintained through individual self-practices. Accompanying the focus on individual self-cultivation, the government has further transferred its previous responsibilities for social and welfare services (including

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Leveling Up Sport Management Education: Gamification in the Classroom

Ashley M. Duguay, Amber M. Shipherd, Carrie LeCrom, and Chad Goebert

Interview (1,000 points): Interview someone who currently works in the same field as you (your avatar) to better understand how they implement mental performance practices in their daily work (e.g., self-practice, with their colleagues, with athletes, with coaches, etc.) and their perceptions of the

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Understanding the Teaching and Learning of Fundamental Movement Skills in the Primary Physical Education Setting: A Qualitative Study

Cecilia H.S. Chan, Amy S.C. Ha, Natalie Lander, and Johan Y.Y. Ng

year. One girl in “High Perception–Low FMS group” considered the preassigned groups as monotonous, and expressed the need for more authority in grouping: I want to have more freedom. That means we can decide our group members, then we can make time for self-practice . . . like dribbling, I want to

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Shifting Attributions, Shaping Behavior: A Brief Intervention With Youth Tennis Players

Zoe Louise Moffat, Paul Joseph McCarthy, and Bryan McCann

of Sport and Exercise Psychology . Advance online publication. Pack , S. , Hemmings , B. , & Arvinen-Barrow , M. ( 2014 ). The self-practice of sport psychologists: Do they practice what they preach? The Sport Psychologist, 28 ( 2 ), 198

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A Longitudinal Study on the Influence of Peer Network Status on University and College Students’ Academic Records in Hurdle Class

Ronghai Su, Meiling Wang, Deng Wang, Lin Chen, Bingxin Su, Xuanyan Su, and Maochou Hsu

( 1934 ). The specific procedure is to ask each student to answer, “Who did I communicate with or ask for advice from when I encountered difficulties in hurdle race self-practice?” Students are required to choose at least one classmate. The collected data are encoded from 0 to 1, and after symmetrical