Experiences of Sport and Performance Psychology Consultants in Professional Sport
Date of Award
Graduate School of Professional Psychology
First Committee Member
Performance psychology consultants, professional sports, elite athletes, sport psychology
Research examines sport and performance psychology consultants’ (SPCs) philosophies, approaches, models, and services provided with elite athletes in the professional sport domain. The majority of extant research consists of personal narratives by SPCs and therefore, a need exists to qualitatively study the current experiences that SPCs have with athletes, teams, and organizations in professional sports. The purpose of this study is to explore SPC experiences with professional organizations in North America. To gain a better understanding of this domain, a purposeful sampling of four participants currently working with professional teams in the NHL, NBA, NFL or MLB were interviewed. The results of this study include four themes and 13 sub-themes. The four themes are: Service delivery model, business of professional sport, organization receptivity of sport psychology, and the professional athlete client. The results indicate both similarities and differences to consulting in professional sport. The results also indicate that while there is overlap between multiple SPC experiences in specific topics, consulting in professional sport is individualized. The results of this study can impact the sport psychology field by providing information in an area that is currently lacking data and guide further research in the field. This study may also impact future SPC approaches to working in professional sport and influence training for students and neophyte practitioners.
Stergios, Lorna and Dicredico, Lauren, "Experiences of Sport and Performance Psychology Consultants in Professional Sport" (2016). Doctoral Papers and Masters Projects. 192.
Empirical - Qualitative