The attitude of coaches and student athletes to sport psychology and the work of a sport psychologist

Juozas Kasiulis, Česlovas Garbaliauskas

Abstract


The present article analyzes the attitude of sport coaches and sportsmen-students, who have participated in the SELL (Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania) games to sport psychology and the work of a sport psychologist. The research was performed in two directions: an analysis of specific literature and a questionnaire of sportsmen (based on the unique methodology of Martin et al, 2002), which allows determining tolerance to sport psychology, confidence in a sport psychologist, openness of respondents and links of cultural peculiarities. The survey showed that the coaches were not unanimous regarding the issues of the status of sport psychology and the work of a sport psychologist. Sportsmen-students indicated being tolerant, open and trusting in sport psychology and the work of a sport psychologist; however, in practice only 13 from 126 respondents had experience in consulting with a sport psychologist.

Keywords


sport psychology; work of a sport psychologist; attitude; tolerance; confidence in the work of a sport psychologist

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"Social Work" ISSN online 2029-2775 / ISSN print 1648-4789