Sport psychology consulting in professional rugby union in the United Kingdom
Mellalieu, Stephen D.
Taylor & Francis
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This article describes my experiences of working within professional rugby union in South Wales, United Kingdom. Initially, I locate the context of professional rugby union in the country alongside how my various subcultural understandings of the sport were obtained. After outlining my consulting philosophy developed for working in a professional rugby union context, subsequent cultural challenges for practitioners working in the sport are then explored, together with example strategies used to account for such cultural considerations. I conclude by reflecting upon the importance of practitioners possessing and developing contextual intelligence and cultural competency to work effectively in high performance environments.
Journal of Sport Psychology in Action;
Mellalieu, S.D. (2017) 'Sport psychology consulting in professional rugby union in the United Kingdom', Journal of Sport Psychology in Action, doi: 10.1080/21520704.2017.1299061
This article was published in Journal of Sport Psychology in Action on 16 March 2017 (online), available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/21520704.2017.1299061
Cardiff Metropolitan University (Grant ID: Cardiff Metropolian (Internal))
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