Strengths-Based Practice of Clinical Sport Psychology

Authored by: Michele Kerulis

Handbook of Strengths-Based Clinical Practices

Print publication date:  September  2016
Online publication date:  August  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138897939
eBook ISBN: 9781315708898
Adobe ISBN: 9781317484240

10.4324/9781315708898.ch15

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Abstract

Athletes are known for being driven, strong, and committed to their goals. It takes perseverance to give maximum effort on a daily basis (sometimes multiple times a day) in practices and games. Athletes experience heartbreaking losses and exhilarating wins; it is clear that successful athletes have stellar physical strength. What is less visible is the mental toughness that transforms good athletes into phenomenal athletes. Clinical sport psychology practiced from a strengths-based perspective helps athletes use their assets to move past setbacks and enhance their existing talents. Clinical sport psychology is a multidisciplinary field with the purpose of promoting athletic success through psychological skills training while monitoring emotional wellness.

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