The Sport Psychology Consultant: Analysis of Critical Components as Viewed by Canadian Olympic Athletes

in The Sport Psychologist
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  • 1 University of Ottawa
  • 2 Carleton University
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Intensive interviews were conducted with each of 75 Canadian Olympic athletes representing 19 different sports in order to evaluate the sport psychology services offered to them. Athletes representing 12 of the sports indicated they had worked with 1 of 11 sport psychology consultants in preparation for the 1984 Olympic Games. Some were highly satisfied with their consultant and his or her mental training program, others were highly dissatisfied. A profile of the best and worst consultants was developed based upon the athletes’ perceptions of desirable and undesirable consultant characteristics. Suggestions are provided for improving the quality of sport psychology services for elite athletes.

Terry Orlick is with the School of Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ont., Canada KIN 6N5. John Partington is with the Department of Psychology at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ont., Canada.

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