Exploring the Perceived Effectiveness of a Life Skills Development Program for High-Performance Athletes

Refereed Journal Article

Project:

Developing Champions Evaluation Tool

Authors:

Dr Sarah Hardcastle, Professor Marian Tye, Rachael Glassey, Professor Martin Hagger

Published:

2015

Published In:

Psychology of Sport and Exercise

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This research highlights the importance of the practice of and engagement with applied techniques in the development of life-skills programs for young high-performance athletes, as well as the use of elite athletes as credible role-models in the delivery of the program to maximise engagement. Greater involvement of parents and coaches and the use of the Internet and social media are also proposed to be effective strategies to provide post-program reinforcement and support continuity. This unique in-depth qualitative study involving a range of key participants offers valuable insights for program facilitators to better support and enhance the development of physical, behavioural and cognitive life skills for young athletes, within and outside the domain of their competitive sport. It also highlights the value of conducting thorough evaluation efforts alongside the delivery of such programs for ongoing assessment and improvement.

How to cite:

Hardcastle, S., M. Tye, R. Glassey, and M. Hagger. 2015. “Exploring the Perceived Effectiveness of a Life Skills Development Program for High-Performance Athletes.” Psychology of Sport and Exercise 16 (3): 139-149. doi:10.1016/j.psychsport.2014.10.005.