“It’s psychology Jim, but not as we know it!”: The changing face of applied sport psychology practice
Mellalieu, Stephen D.
American Psychological Association
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Applied sport psychology has developed substantially in recent decades, and there exist a multitude of views regarding how contemporary practices can be best defined and conceptualized. In this paper, we reflect on these developments and draw from a growing body of literature on professional development, in an attempt to provide clarity on the expanding roles and responsibilities of the applied sport psychology practitioner. In so doing, we acknowledge the recent diversification of applied sport psychology practices, with an emphasis on competencies relating to: working with more diverse performance populations (e.g., in business, military, healthcare, education, and the performing arts); engaging in organizational psychological practices; positive youth development; promoting life skills; and mental health and counselling support provisions Further, we offer suggestions for the future of applied sport psychology education and training, in an effort to contribute to the profession’s continued journey toward maturation. This includes discussion surrounding the possible implementation of multi-supervisory pathways, extended placement opportunities and engagement in post training practices within specialist performance domains, in an effort to aid the development of more diverse competencies which reflect the multiplicity of current practice.
Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology;
Sly, D., Wagstaff, C. R. D., and Mellalieu, S. D. (2019) '“It’s psychology Jim, but not as we know it!”: The changing face of applied sport psychology practice', Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology, 9(1), pp.87–101.
Article published in Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology on 01 February 2020, available at: https://doi.org/10.1037/spy0000163.
Cardiff Metropolitan University (Grant ID: Cardiff Metropolian (Internal))
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