Skip to content

“Caught in the headlights”: a reflective account of the challenges faced by a neophyte practitioner working with a national squad

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

This article provides a neophyte practitioner’s account of providing psychological support to a national team for the first time. The practitioner felt “caught in the headlights” due to their lack of preparation for the range of organizational issues they encountered. In this confessional tale, experiential knowledge gained by the practitioner is shared through the presentation of self-reflections from the 6-month period they supported the squad. While the practitioner’s time with this national squad was limited, it gave him a sense of the micropolitical landscape of the sporting organization and illuminated some of the complexities and dilemmas that characterize applied sport psychology practice. These reflections are offered to guide other aspiring professionals during their initial training experiences.
Original languageEnglish
JournalCase Studies in Sport and Exercise Psychology
Publication statusAccepted for publication - 5 Mar 2021


  • Caught in the headlights

    Rights statement: The embargo end date of 2050 is a temporary measure until we know the publication date. Once we know the publication date the full text of this article will be able to view shortly afterwards.

    Accepted author manuscript (Post-print), 311 KB, PDF document

    Due to publisher’s copyright restrictions, this document is not freely available to download from this website until: 1/01/50

Related information

Relations Get citation (various referencing formats)

ID: 27474519