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Raising Our Game: The Necessity and Progression of Expertise-Based training in Applied Sport Psychology

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    Rights statement: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Journal of Applied Sport Psychology on 20/06/2018, available online: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10413200.2018.1492471

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-34
Number of pages34
JournalJournal of Applied Sport Psychology
Early online date10 Jul 2018
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 10 Jul 2018


At present, training in applied sport psychology chiefly targets and accelerates professional competence. However, theory and evidence suggests that our clients would experience significant benefit if our training targeted and accelerated professional expertise rather than just competence. Specifically, we argue that expertise-based training can: (a) help trainees to go on to break the “thinking ceiling” of competence; (b) foster a more independent, flexible, and creative form of practice; and (c) support a longer-term and more practitioner-centred training philosophy. To deliver these benefits, we then conclude by outlining some key principles for the progression of expertise-based training in applied sport psychology.

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  • accreditation, adaptability, professional training, competency, cognition

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