Work-Life Balance During a 365 Day Sport Cycle

Adam Naylor, Boston University, USA

Theme: Life skills/learning strategies (includes coping)

Program ID: SYM-19

Presentation: October 4, 2013 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Room: Jasperwood


Applied practice in sport psychology can be immensely fulfilling. Societal passion for athletic development combined with a disappearing off-season for athletes has provided rich opportunities for professional practice. Nonetheless the relentless culture of sport combined with a still nascent field can threaten a healthy work-life balance. In this lecture a certified consultant with almost 20 years experience reflects on balancing service to athletes and organizations, commitments to university teaching, and personal life. Framing the presentation will be the concepts of self-identity, cultural norms, and stress. Throughout the discussion, core spheres of life – family, finances, and health – will be central to reflections. Examples of challenges to each domain that arise during a career will be discussed and personal reflections on how each is navigated will be shared. Ultimately three principals for finding work-life balance in sport psychology are encouraged: 1. clarifying one’s passion, 2. highlighting one’s values, and 3. practicing sport psychology with purpose.

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