Pressure to provide a solution: one-to-one support with an elite junior gymnast

Wadsworth, Nick ORCID: 0000-0002-9210-475X (2019) Pressure to provide a solution: one-to-one support with an elite junior gymnast. Case Studies in Sport and Exercise Psychology, 3 (1). pp. 41-49. ISSN 2470-4849

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Abstract

This article presents a reflective case study, from the perspective of a trainee sport and exercise psychologist, of an applied consultancy experience with a 14-year-old gymnast. The case study highlights a number of applied challenges such as working with a client in an unfamiliar sport, questioning who the client is throughout the consultancy process, adopting a philosophy of practice different from the expectations of the parents, and further difficulties when including parents in the consultancy process. The case study also highlights how challenges to a practitioner’s philosophy of practice can be deeply uncomfortable and lead the practitioner to question his or her approach to service delivery. Although the intervention only lasted 3 sessions, there are a number of observations and lessons to be learned from an applied perspective, such as being aware of countertransference when building relationships with a client and understanding how the dynamics of the consultancy process might change when involving parents.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Accepted author manuscript version reprinted, by permission, from Cases in Sport and Exercise Psychology, 2019, 3(1): 41-49, https://doi.org/10.1123/cssep.2019-0007 © Human Kinetics, Inc.
Uncontrolled Keywords: anxiety; countertransference; ethical practice; holistic support
Divisions: School of Sport and Biological Sciences > Sports and Sport Rehabilitation
Depositing User: Tracey Gill
Date Deposited: 01 Nov 2019 11:04
Last Modified: 01 Nov 2019 13:05
Identification Number: 10.1123/cssep.2019-0007
URI: http://ubir.bolton.ac.uk/id/eprint/2600

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