Exploring traumas in the development of talent: What are they, what do they do, and what do they require?

Jennifer Savage*, Dave Collins, Andrew Cruickshank

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It has recently been argued that performers benefit from trauma (i.e., memorable challenges) during development. To deepen knowledge in this area, we explored perceived traumas in the development of 20 senior-international performers with a multimethods, temporal-based design. Results showed that perceived traumas were primarily sports based, recognized from onset of investment, associated with immediately negative but ultimately positive impact, and negotiated through skills that were brought to, rather than generated by, these experiences. The findings provide an interesting contrast to messages in other early trauma-focused research and promote focus on the process and mechanisms of responding to and recovering from traumatic experiences.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)101-117
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Applied Sport Psychology
Volume29
Issue number1
Early online date18 Jun 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2017

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