APPLIED SPORT PSYCHOLOGY IN ELITE CLIMBING: WORKING WITH ATHLETES, COACHES, AND A FEDERATION

Abstract : Sport climbing is being promoted as an Olympic sport for Tokyo 2020. Embracing the Olympic project constitutes an opportunity for both climbing structure and elite-level actors to grow together, nevertheless it also creates tensions and difficulties due to the rapid changes and professionalization of structure. Working as an applied sport psychologist in this unique context, I share and discuss the advantages of being involved not only at individual level with athletes, but also in a holistic ecological approach with coaches and a federation. Departing from this context and my professional philosophy, I discuss the specificity, needs, and orientations that are particular for each level. I share an example of a sport psychology project that strengthens the interactive involvement of the athletes, coaches, and the federation and creates an added value for all three parties. Finally, I share and discuss the challenges and perspectives from such an engaging experience.
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Olivier Rouquette. APPLIED SPORT PSYCHOLOGY IN ELITE CLIMBING: WORKING WITH ATHLETES, COACHES, AND A FEDERATION. 4th International Rock Climbing Research Congress, Jul 2018, Chamonix, France. ⟨hal-02238535⟩

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