Athlete Perceptions of the Impacts of Adapted Performance Profiling Procedures in an Applied Sports Setting
The Traditional performance profile (Butler & Hardy, 1992) has been endorsed by athletes and consultants as an effective tool in enhancing the delivery of sport psychology training with its ability to increase self-awareness, motivate athletes to improve and as a basis for goal setting. Variations to the Traditional profiling procedure have been developed and employed within applied settings, but have received limited evaluation as to their usefulness and impact. Further, no research has examined performance profiling in regard to its impact on adherence to, or intended participation to a sport psychological skills program. The purpose of this study was to explore and compare athlete perceptions regarding the impacts, usefulness and benefits of Traditional and Adapted performance profiling procedures. Athletes believed that Adapted performance profiling was not only useful, but had a significantly bigger impact on their self-awareness, motivation, and intention to participate in a future psychological skills program, than the impact of Traditional performance profiling.