Novel Approaches to the Application of Sport Psychology: Editorial
Authors: Robert J. Schinke
Abstract: Autumn 2011 Special Edition: Novel Approaches to the Application of Sport Psychology: Editorial
Athletic Insight was developed more than 10 years ago, with its focus placed on application of sport and exercise psychology in the field. Over the years, we have retained the focus on “application” to ensure the transfer of knowledge from the academy to those who work actively with clients, each day. The present installment affirms our interest in applied work and our commitment to those interested in every day usage of sport psychology skills.
Within this special edition I invited several authors from North America to consider a specific applied discussion that they are presently interested in. As you will see, the submission reflects a spectrum of subject matter, ranging from interventions with athletes to application with sport officials.
This installment represented as “Novel Approaches to the Application of Sport Psychology” features five invited submissions. Krista Chandler from the University of Windsor has written about her applied experiences consulting with people who have physical disabilities. You will find that athletes with disabilities have some unique challenges that differ from those of able-bodied athletes. Dr. Chandler brings those challenges to light for you. Kim Dorsch from the University of Regina and Douglas Lawrence, a certified ice-hockey official, consider the relevance and application of mental training and theoretically-based sport psychology for elite ice-hickey officials. In their work, the authors propose a holistic approach to work with sport officials and in so doing open up a prospective group of potential sport psychology clients. Kent Kowalski from the University of Saskatchewan features the application of coping research to sport psychology practice. With his work developed from a well-established body of literature, Kowalski proposes an approach to sport psychology service where athlete emotions are encouraged, leading to enhanced relations among client and SPC. Zella Moore from Manhattan College and Frank Gardner from Keane University are well-known for their sport psychology service within professional ice-hockey. In their invited submission, these same authors feature burgeoning empirical data in the broad area of emotion regulation. Precisely, their submission (a) presents similarities and differences between traditional PST and contemporary acceptance-based approaches to performance enhancement with an eye toward rapprochement, (b) offers an alternative explanation for the possible mechanism by which psychological skills training might be effective, and (c) suggests some possible modifications of mental skills training procedures that might enhance their efficacy. Finally, David Paskevich from the University of Calgary and Kara Stelfox from the University of Ottawa consider resonance as an approach to intervention. From their pilot work, the authors suggest that a four-step approach to resonance enhances athletic performance.
In closing, this installment will feature five standalone approaches to sport psychology practice. Each invited paper brings to the reader either a unique approach to service or service for a population other than athletes. It is my fervent hope that the contributions that follow stimulate discourse in the academy, though also on terra firma, meaning where sport psychology skills are pressed into action.