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NCAA Division-I Student-Athletes' Receptivity to Mental Skills Training by Sport Psychology Consultants
  • Craig A Wrisberg, University of Tennessee - Knoxville
  • Duncan Simpson, University of Tennessee - Knoxville
  • Lauren A Loberg, University of Tennessee - Knoxville
  • Jenny L Withycombe, University of Tennessee - Knoxville
  • Ann Reed, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

In the current study NCAA Division I student-athletes (n = 2,440) completed a Web-based survey assessing their willingness to seek mental skills training, perceptions of the potential benefits of mental training for their team, and support of possible roles for a sport psychology consultant at their institution. Multiple chi-square tests revealed significant (p<.001) dependence of respondents' ratings on gender, sport type (individual vs. team), prior experience with a sport psychology consultant, and perceived effectiveness of prior experience (low, moderate, high). Generally, females were more receptive than males, individual and team sport athletes were interested in different types of mental skills, athletes with prior consulting experience were more open than those with none, and athletes with highly effective prior experience were more receptive than those with less effective experience. These findings extend previous research examining collegiate student-athletes' attitudes toward sport psychology consulting and provide several important insights for consultants conducting mental skills training for NCAA Division I level athletes.

Publication Date
December, 2009
Citation Information
Craig A Wrisberg, Duncan Simpson, Lauren A Loberg, Jenny L Withycombe, et al.. "NCAA Division-I Student-Athletes' Receptivity to Mental Skills Training by Sport Psychology Consultants" SPORT PSYCHOLOGIST Vol. 23 Iss. 4 (2009)
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