Applied Sport Psychology Practice with 1st Team and Academy players inside the English Premier League: 3 days a week over 10 years

Martin Littlewood, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom
Mark Nesti, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom

Theme: Elite performance

Program ID: WKSP-23

Presentation: October 4, 2013 8:15 am - 9:30 am

Room: Belle Chasse


The specific learning objective of the workshop will be to allow participants to gain a better understanding of how principles from existential psychology can be used to guide applied sport psychology practice with elite and professional football (soccer) players. Participants will also be able to understand how to use existential psychology to inform their applied work with elite athletes with a specific focus on helping players’ navigate through critical moments (Nesti & Littlewood, 2011). The workshop will also address the importance of providing an organisational psychology role (Nesti, 2010) as part of effective practice in a club’s structure. Participants will also be given an appreciation of the role that culture plays in influencing the success of applied practice in the unique environment of English professional football. The methods and techniques that will be used in the workshop will include a combination of short presentations and interactive exercises. Case studies will also be used throughout the workshop to amplify keep points. In addition, role-plays based on work with English Premier League players will be integrated into the workshop to illustrate the existential psychology approach to practice. A handout relating to the dialogue of the role-play between practitioner and player will be made available to participants. This will include a series of critical reflections within the text. A further handout will be made available of key literature relating to existential psychology and material that is informed by a broad range of theoretical perspectives that have been used to understand the world of elite and professional football.

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