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Kristoffer Henriksen, Carsten Hvid Larsen, Louise Kamuk Storm and Knud Ryom

Young competitive athletes are not miniature elite athletes; they are a distinct client group to whom sport psychology practitioners (SPPs) increasingly deliver services. Interventions with this client group are often undertaken by newly educated SPPs who are in need of good guiding principles. Yet, there is a lack of research informing SPPs’ work with this group. In this current study, semistructured qualitative interviews were conducted with four experienced practitioners about their most successful interventions in competitive youth sport. Analysis showed three major themes: (a) young athletes should be equipped with a holistic skills package that enables them to handle a number of existential challenges; (b) young athletes are embedded in an environment (coaches, experts, teammates etc.) that should be involved in the interventions; and (c) interventions with young athletes should maintain a long-term focus. These themes are discussed in the context of current literature on sport psychology service delivery.

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Stewart Cotterill

nature of these challenges in the sport lend them to engagement with sport psychology, and sport psychology practitioners. While this is the case, sport psychology provision in cricket has lagged behind many other sports and domains, particularly in comparison with Olympic sports in the United Kingdom

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Kendahl Shortway, Marina Oganesova and Andrew Vincent

Sport psychology practitioners on college campuses, whether contracted or employed by the institution, often develop close and influential relationships with the student-athletes whom they serve. These relationships can serve multiple functions and may be affected by issues that occur outside of

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Kristoffer Henriksen, Louise Kamuk Storm, Natalia Stambulova, Nicklas Pyrdol and Carsten Hvid Larsen

. Based on interviews with expert sport psychology practitioners (SPPs), the present study investigates successful and less successful intervention experiences in two main contexts: competitive youth and elite senior sport. Successful sport psychology interventions are sensitized in the sense that they

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

expansion of the role played by sport psychology practitioners (SPPs), 1 from being mainly focused on athletic performance enhancement to becoming more holistically focused on clients’ mental health and well-being ( McEwan & Tod, 2014 ). Based on observed similarities in the nature of the work undertaken

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Jana L. Fogaca, Jack C. Watson II and Sam J. Zizzi

them develop better relationships with clients ( Rønnestad & Skovholt, 2003 ; Stoltenberg & McNeil, 2009 ). Tod ( 2007 ) has suggested that sport psychology use counseling development theory as a framework to better understand sport psychology practitioners’ development. Although previous studies have

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

continued to necessitate that sport psychology practitioners work with their unique clientele in a range of nontraditional environments (e.g., hotel lobbies, during air travel), working conditions (e.g., quick meetings during water breaks or time trials while practicing the sport), and professional roles (e

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Nicole T. Gabana, Aaron D’Addario, Matteo Luzzeri, Stinne Soendergaard and Y. Joel Wong

applicability of gratitude interventions in sport, as well as insight into how an athlete’s spiritual/religious identity may intersect with other variables related to mental health and performance. Understanding these relationships can allow sport psychology practitioners to be more intentional when considering

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Leonardo Ruiz, Judy L. Van Raalte, Thaddeus France and Al Petitpas

others in similar positions, “machismo” beliefs and a fear of being vulnerable to other players who are vying for the same limited professional sport opportunities may be major obstacles to seeking help from sport psychologists or other helping professionals. Sport psychology practitioners who work

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Erika D. Van Dyke, Judy L. Van Raalte, Elizabeth M. Mullin and Britton W. Brewer

which future researchers interested in exploring self-talk in competitive sport may build. The findings have practical implications for sport psychology practitioners, researchers, coaches, and athletes interested in understanding ways in which self-talk is related to competitive sport performance