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Athlete–Coach Conflict and a Sport Psychologist Caught in the Middle: A Case Study of Consultancy During Athlete Preparation and Performance in Olympic Games Athletics / Jonathan R. Males, John H. Kerr, Joanne Hudson

The Sport Psychologist, Volume: 35, Issue: 1, Pages: 30 - 42

Swansea University Author: Joanne Hudson

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DOI (Published version): 10.1123/tsp.2020-0018

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This case study examines the personal experiences of an elite athlete, coach, and sport psychology consultant (SPC) during the athlete’s preparation and performance in a recent Olympic Games. The qualitative research details how the consultancy process was affected by the athlete’s late admission of...

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Published in: The Sport Psychologist
ISSN: 0888-4781 1543-2793
Published: Human Kinetics 2021
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa55260
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Abstract: This case study examines the personal experiences of an elite athlete, coach, and sport psychology consultant (SPC) during the athlete’s preparation and performance in a recent Olympic Games. The qualitative research details how the consultancy process was affected by the athlete’s late admission of the deteriorating relationship with his coach. The concepts of closeness, commitment, complementarity, and co-orientation provided a theoretical perspective to the SPC’s interpretation of athlete performance and the interpersonal conflict that developed between athlete and coach. The basic performance demand model provided an applied perspective. The SPC’s commentary adopts a reflexive discursive style that also focuses on the SPC’s role in the consultancy process and the effectiveness of the performance demand model materials. Five important recommendations arise from the case study, and these might inform other SPCs’ future athlete–coach consultancies and interventions.
Keywords: Sport psychology consultancy, athlete-coach conflict, Performance Demand Model, Olympic track and field athletics, sport psychology case study
College: College of Engineering
Issue: 1
Start Page: 30
End Page: 42