A Thematic-Synthesis of Self-Care in Sport Psychology Practitioners

Hunter, Heather ORCID: 0000-0001-9863-2230, Quartiroli, Alessandro, Martin, Daniel R. F. and Wagstaff, Christopher R. D. (2023) A Thematic-Synthesis of Self-Care in Sport Psychology Practitioners. International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology. doi:10.1080/1612197X.2023.2291102 (In Press)

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Self-care has been identified as essential for promoting well-being among psychology professionals and an imperative for practitioners. Nevertheless, the value of self-care for sport psychology practitioners (SPPs) has only received limited research attention. Yet, a growing body of work has emerged, offering helpful knowledge to SPPs throughout the professional developmental span. A synthesis of the existing literature on SPPs’ self-care could offer the knowledge foundation for training programs on SPPs’ self-care. We systematically reviewed the existing literature focused on self-care among sport psychology practitioners. Using PRISMA guidelines, an initial database search identified 1,837 research records. After removing duplicate studies, screening by title and abstract, and assessing full-text article eligibility, we selected 15 articles for inclusion. Analysis of these articles resulted in three prevailing themes: (a) sport psychology practitioner’s self-care; (b) effective self-care; (c) connected care: A collaborative lens on individual self-care. These findings offer a significant insight to the literature on self-care in sport psychology practitioners. The synthesis also points to the important role others play in developing, implementing, and maintaining effective individualised SPP self-care. Based on these findings, we offer recommendations for professional bodies and education providers regarding the alignment of training routes and continuing professional development programs with the extant literature on self-care.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Effective practice; Ethics; Professional formation; Professional practice
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV557 Sports
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Education and Science
Research Priority Areas: Health, Life Sciences, Sport and Wellbeing
Depositing User: Kamila Niekoraniec
Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2024 14:53
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2024 15:00
URI: https://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/13628

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