Starting a conversation about vulnerability in elite sport

Karin Hägglund, Christopher R. D. Wagstaff, Göran Kenttä, Richard Thelwell

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Psychological strengths are idealized in elite sport and contribute to the presence of stigma surrounding mental health issues and a high threshold for help-seeking behavior. Recently, scholars have argued that the concept of vulnerability has the potential to challenge the dominance of the performance narrative in sport. In this article, we provide practitioners with innovative poem and word cloud resources based on insights from high-performance coaches to enable conversations about vulnerability in sport. We hope practitioners will use these resources to stimulate reflection and dialogue about vulnerability, which may lower thresholds for help-seeking and foster sustainability in sport organizations.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Sport Psychology in Action
Early online date24 May 2023
Publication statusEarly online - 24 May 2023


  • Creative analytical practice
  • help-seeking
  • mental health
  • self-compassion
  • sustainability

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