Why do we do, what we do?

Winter, S., and Collins, D. orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-7601-0454 (2014) Why do we do, what we do? Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 27 (1). pp. 35-51. ISSN 1041-3200

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Official URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/104132...


The present study sought to ascertain a contextualized perspective of established practitioners’ subjective reasoning underpinning their practices. An interpretive phenomenological analysis (Smith, 1996) was adopted as an in-depth qualitative approach to explore 9 UK-based applied sport psychologists’ perceptions and experiences. Three superordinate themes emerged: literature underpinning professional practice, the importance of the sport setting and context, and the need for professional judgment. The study provides a valuable insight into the influences on sport psychologists’ behavior, the role this plays when advising elite performers on allocation of their thought processes, and how such advice is operationalized and applied.

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