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Sport psychology consulting in professional rugby union in the United Kingdom

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posted on 2022-12-13, 10:49 authored by Stephen MellalieuStephen Mellalieu

 This article describes my experiences of working within professional rugby union in South Wales, United Kingdom. Initially, I locate the context of professional rugby union in the country alongside how my various subcultural understandings of the sport were obtained. After outlining my consulting philosophy developed for working in a professional rugby union context, subsequent cultural challenges for practitioners working in the sport are then explored, together with example strategies used to account for such cultural considerations. I conclude by reflecting upon the importance of practitioners possessing and developing contextual intelligence and cultural competency to work effectively in high-performance environments 


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Journal of Sport Psychology in Action


Taylor & Francis


  • AM (Accepted Manuscript)


Mellalieu, S.D. (2017) 'Sport psychology consulting in professional rugby union in the United Kingdom', Journal of Sport Psychology in Action, 8 (2), pp. 109-120

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  • Cardiff School of Sport and Health Sciences

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Stephen Mellalieu

Cardiff Met Research Centre/Group

  • Mental Health and Wellbeing in Demanding Environments

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