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date: 31 October 2020

Developing Athletes in the Context of Sport and Performance Psychologylocked

  • Luc J. Martin, Luc J. MartinAssistant Professor, School of Kinesiology and Health Studies, Queen’s University
  • David J. HancockDavid J. HancockAssistant Professor, Health Sciences, Indiana University Kokomo
  •  and Jean CôtéJean CôtéAssistant Professor, School of Kinesiology and Health Studies, Queen’s University

Summary

Talent development in sport is achieved through years of preparation and requires constant interaction between personal and contextual resources. Accordingly, extensive research has been dedicated to understanding factors that contribute to sport performance. Literature suggests the factors influencing athletic development can be classified in terms of the physical environment, the social environment, and engaging learning activities. Investigations pertaining to the physical environment suggest the importance of appropriate settings, which can relate to the sport organization or the larger community. Researchers must also cogitate the activities in which athletes take part. These considerations involve the maturational status of athletes, the volume of deliberate practice and play, and early specialization versus diversification. Finally, the salience of the social environment in relation to sport performance cannot be overlooked. Not surprisingly, the relations established with social agents (i.e., coaches, peers/teammates, parents) can facilitate or impede the developmental process. Consequently, the development of athletes in the context of sport and performance psychology extends past the individual and is influenced by several factors that must be discussed.

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  • Health Psychology

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