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Butterflies, Magic Carpets, and Scary Wild Animals: An Intervention with a Young Gymnast

Howells, Karen (2016). Butterflies, Magic Carpets, and Scary Wild Animals: An Intervention with a Young Gymnast. Case Studies in Sport and Exercise Psychology (In Press).

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This article presents a reflective case example of a sport psychology consultation carried out with a 9-year-old gymnast during the final year of the consultant’s training to become a British Psychological Society (BPS) chartered sport psychologist. During this period of time, the author was under the supervision of an experienced applied sport psychologist. The article draws on the published research in applied sport psychology and the wider child development literature to inform and negotiate the challenges of a neophyte practitioner working in a relatively unfamiliar sport with a very young gymnast. The intervention, which took place over six months, involved a focus on psychological skills training (PST). This paper reflects on the intervention experience and makes observations that may be of benefit to both neophyte and practiced consultants working with very young children. Although the consultancy involved goal setting, relaxation, and commitment, the focus of this paper is on those activities and skills which are specific to such a young athlete and which may be of interest to other practitioners in similar scenarios.

Item Type: Journal Item
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Research Group: Childhood Youth and Sport Group (CYSG)
Item ID: 47228
Depositing User: Karen Howells
Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2016 12:53
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2017 14:57
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