Simplicity Does Not Always Lead to Enlightenment: A Critical Commentary on “Adaptation Processes Affecting Performance in Elite Sport”

in Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology

Click name to view affiliation

Katherine A. TamminenUniversity of Toronto

Search for other papers by Katherine A. Tamminen in
Current site
Google Scholar
PubMed
Close
and
Peter R.E. CrockerUniversity of British Columbia

Search for other papers by Peter R.E. Crocker in
Current site
Google Scholar
PubMed
Close
Full access

This paper is a critical commentary on the article “Adaptation Processes Affecting Performance in Elite Sport” (Schinke, Battochio, Lidor, Tenenbaum, Dube, & Lane, 2012). We review relevant literature and highlight theoretical and conceptual concerns regarding Schinke et al.’s model, particularly regarding their characterization of adaptation as a process versus an outcome, and the role of appraisals, emotions, emotional regulation, coping, and Fiske’s (2004) core motives within their model of adaptation. Adaptation or adjustment among elite athletes is a valuable area of research in sport psychology; however, Schinke et al.’s model oversimplifies the adaptation process and has limited utility among sport psychology researchers and practitioners.

Katherine A. Tamminen is with the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education and the University of Toronto. Peter R.E. Crocker is with the School of Kinesiology at the University of British Columbia.

  • Collapse
  • Expand
All Time Past Year Past 30 Days
Abstract Views 1459 304 0
Full Text Views 345 342 140
PDF Downloads 22 17 8