Barriers to the prescription of psychological strategies by strength and conditioning specialists

Radcliffe, JN, Comfort, P ORCID: and Fawcett, T 2018, 'Barriers to the prescription of psychological strategies by strength and conditioning specialists' , Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 32 (7) , pp. 1948-1959.

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The purpose of this article was to explore the barriers to strength and conditioning coaches integrating psychological strategies within the strength and conditioning practice. The sample of accredited strength and conditioning coaches comprised 10 subjects working within the United Kingdom, 3 within the United Sates, and 5 within Australia offering a cross section of experience from a range sporting disciplines and educational backgrounds. Subjects were interviewed using semistructured interviews and thematic clustering was used using interpretative phenomenological analysis to identify common themes. It was evident that not incorporating psychological strategies into strength and conditioning practice could be attributed to either internal, personally governed beliefs, or external, environmentally governed situations. Internal sources consisted of insufficient knowledge either regarding the value of psychological strategies or methods of implementing such techniques; in addition, the implementation of psychological techniques was outside the remit of the coach and difficulty existed in demonstrating the effectiveness of interventions. External causes consisted of a lack of time, insufficient control and authority of training session content, and athletes' negative perceptions. Recommendations are made on the basis of eliminating the observed barriers to the inclusion of psychological strategies. This included the use of education programs for both strength and conditioning coaches and organizational gatekeepers and the suggestion for increased collaboration with qualified psychologists.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society > Centre for Health Sciences Research
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
Publisher: LWW Journals / Wolters Kluwer Health
ISSN: 1064-8011
Depositing User: Dr Paul Comfort
Date Deposited: 08 May 2019 08:26
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 01:55

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