Constellation mentoring for university soccer players: a case study

Brennan Petersen*, Cole E. Giffin, Thierry Robert Frederic Middleton, Yufeng Li

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Abstract

Peer mentoring is a supportive relationship between a more experienced mentor and a less experienced protégé that has garnered attention in recent sport research. Moving beyond traditional mentoring dyads, constellation peer mentoring engages several mentors to provide support to a protégé, ensuring they have access to multiple perspectives and areas of expertise. We implemented a constellation peer mentoring program with Canadian university student athletes throughout their competitive seasons. Subsequently, we undertook an instrumental case study to explore participants’ feedback and the perceived benefits of the program. Using reflexive thematic analysis, we interpreted participants’ responses as indicative of traditional mentoring benefits, including reduced transitional stress, feelings of well-being, and feelings of satisfaction. Additionally, we determined unique aspects of constellation peer mentoring, such as increased team cohesion, improved help-seeking, an environment that fostered relational mentoring experiences, and the need for leader training. Constellation peer mentoring presents a promising intervention for supporting student-athletes during career transitions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8-17
Number of pages10
JournalCase Studies in Sport and Exercise Psychology
Volume7
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 20 Feb 2023

Keywords

  • sport-athlete transitions
  • group cohesion
  • athlete help-seeking
  • social support

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