There appears to be general agreement that interaction with significant challenge should be a central feature of the development pathways for future high performers. There is, however, far less clarity about how such programmes should be designed and delivered against core psychological principles. Accordingly, the purpose of this paper is to offer guidelines for talent development practitioners seeking to offer athletes the opportunity to maximise their growth and development. We propose that genuinely developmental experiences will likely offer a level of emotional disturbance and, as a result, more fully engage performers, prompting self and other facilitated reflection, and motivate future action. Furthermore, that there is a necessity for these experiences and their follow up to be managed in a coherent manner and integrated with existing skills, experience and future performance aims. In highlighting these issues, we offer recommendations for talent development coaches, managers, psychologists and parents of athletes.
- elite performance
- psychology support