Promoting mental health of junior-to-senior transition athletes: advice for sport psychology practitioners

Röthlin, Philipp; Albertin, Katharina (2021). Promoting mental health of junior-to-senior transition athletes: advice for sport psychology practitioners Sport & Exercise Medicine Switzerland, 69(2), pp. 24-28. Sport & Exercise Medicine Switzerland (SEMS) 10.34045/SEMS/2021/17

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Mental health (MH) does not only mean the mere absence of psychiatric disorders but also the presence of well-being. Competitive athletes are exposed to risk factors for poor MH specific to the competitive sport context. One such risk factor are athletic career transitions, whereby the junior-to-senior-level transition (JST) is considered one of the most difficult of within career transitions. During this time, developmental changes must be mastered on a psychological, athletic, and educational level and conflicts that occur between the different areas of life, such as school, family, and sports can become more acute. JST is thus a particularly vulnerable period for the MH of competitive sport athletes. In this article, we describe a counseling approach that seems well suited to promote the MH of JST athletes within a sport psychology consulting setting. The approach is based on self-determination theory and ego-state theory. We illustrate the application of our counseling approach with an exemplary case. Finally, we provide recommendations for how sport psychology practitioners can promote MH in JST athletes.

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Swiss Federal Institute of Sports Magglingen SFISM > EHSM - Leistungssport > Sportpsychologie


Röthlin, Philipp0000-0003-2268-571X and
Albertin, Katharina




Sport & Exercise Medicine Switzerland (SEMS)




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23 May 2022 14:41

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22 Jun 2022 10:56

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Competitive sport Ego state theory Junior-to-senior transition Mental health Youth athletes




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