A Reflective Case Study of Sport Psychology Support at the Lacrosse World Cup

McGregor, Philippa and Winter, Stacy (2017) A Reflective Case Study of Sport Psychology Support at the Lacrosse World Cup. Case Studies in Sport and Exercise Psychology, 1 (1). pp. 40-51. ISSN 2470-4849

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The purpose of this paper is to share and reflect on personal experiences of providing sport psychology support to an international lacrosse squad during their World Cup participation. Based on the needs analysis assessments from observation reports and informal communications, key areas of support included: (1) creating structure and routine; (2) facilitating team reflections; (3) goal setting; (4) game preparation; and (5) providing off-field support. Working with this team exposed the dynamic nature of sport psychology consultancy, and the unpredictability of what is required from a team in a high-performance setting. Individual consultancy through informal communications with players signalled the importance of supporting the person beyond their role as an athlete. Team-level support via group workshop sessions was predominantly performance-related, and required the adoption of solution-focused approaches given the time pressure on strategies to be effective. The support facilitated team organization and preparation, which enabled players to be both mentally and physically ready for each game. Establishing stable routines, game plans, clear goals and having adequate reflection and feedback time were reported by the players as important facets of their World Cup experience and success.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: "As accepted for publication. This is not the Version of Record, which is (c) Human Kinetics."
Uncontrolled Keywords: applied practice, reflection, team sport, performance setting
Subjects: 100 Philosophy & psychology > 158 Applied psychology
700 The arts; fine & decorative arts; recreation > 796 Athletic & outdoor sports & games
School/Department: School of Sport, Health and Applied Science
Depositing User: Kevin Sanders
Date Deposited: 27 Mar 2017 09:09
Last Modified: 07 Apr 2017 12:59
URI: http://research.stmarys.ac.uk/id/eprint/1435


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