BONDING TO REACH A DREAM. The effects of a long term collaborative assessment program on the coping climate of an Olympic Athlete during 15 years.
Xabier Imaz, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina
Theme: Elite performance
Poster Number: 99
Program ID: POS-2
Presentation: October 4, 2013 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
The process of sport psychology at work often requires that professionals use a variety of models especially when development issues arise and also throughout a long period of time (Three Olympic periods) where continuous commitment is needed. In this study, the collaborative consulting (Balaque,2005) of two Sports Psychologists with the athlete and the coaches involved regular meetings, planning and ongoing communication. The case presented is a kayak elite athlete with a sustained period of using anger as tenacity to pursue goals (Abrams,2009) that permitted success. Modulating this anger throughout these years was not a problem as the athletes personality was opposite to her performance characteristics whereby she triggered to add energy to her competing. Eight precompetitive POMS were administered during eight years with M=17 in anger and M=23 in vigor which constitutes a clear case of repeated Double Iceberg results (Wightman,2009). Semi-structured interviews and periodic evaluations using IZOF profiles (further verifying anger in competition), biofeedback and mental training techniques were used in the Sports Psychology office and on the field in training and concentrations. Work centered on: 1) Sport competition Achievements. 2)Health problems/ injuries. 3) Changes and conflicts in family/couple and 4) sporting environment. Informed consent was procured. Findings indicate that this athlete has been able to achieve and sustain a stable state of Flow. Conflicting private and family life events did not seem to affect performances. Conflicts in the sport environment seemed difficult to manage, and here the athlete leaned on the strong relationships she has established that could be characterized as "bonding". The function of these relationships was feeling emotionally contained or the need to be sometimes motivated by another person.