Exercise dependence and elite Australian athletes

McNamara, Justin. 2006, Exercise dependence and elite Australian athletes, D.Psych. (Health) thesis, School of Psychology, Deakin University.

Title Exercise dependence and elite Australian athletes
Alternative title The effectiveness of solution focused brief counselling in working with athletes
Author McNamara, Justin.
Institution Deakin University
School School of Psychology
Faculty Faculty of Health, Medicine, Nursing and Behavioural Sciences
Degree name D.Psych. (Health)
Date submitted 2006
Keyword(s) Athletes - Psychological aspects
Athletes - Counseling
Exercise - Psychological aspects
Sports - Psychological aspects
Summary This thesis provides an examination of exercise dependence (EXD) among elite Australian athletes. The research identifies the main symptoms of EXD among elite athletes as excessive training, withdrawal, and continuance behaviours. EXD was found to be associated with irrational beliefs relating to training, low self esteem, and limited social support. The portfolio presents four case studies illustrating the use of solution focused brief counselling with athletes and drawing attention to the utility of a solution focused approach as an effective tool in sport psychology consultancy.
Notes Degree conferred 2007.
Language eng
Description of original 2 v. ; 30 cm.
Dewey Decimal Classification 613.71019
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30027141

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