A lifespan approach to understanding and managing choking with a youth athlete

Zoe Louise Moffat*, Paul Joseph McCarthy, Lindsey Burns, Bryan McCann

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Life-span perspectives illustrate the critical features of development that clients experience; however, little evidence exists to illustrate how to integrate these approaches or use them in sport and exercise contexts. Attending to a clients’ developmental stage is a critical component of ethical and effective professional practice. We present an account of how we considered, selected, or dismissed components of life-span perspectives throughout the stages of service delivery with James, a youth sport athlete presenting with “choking” difficulties. The life-span approach offered a context to understand James’s presenting difficulty to determine the appropriateness and applicability of intervention, and acknowledged bias and experience of the psychologist.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)69-77
Number of pages9
JournalThe Sport Psychologist
Issue number1
Early online date27 Jan 2023
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2023


  • assessment
  • athlete development
  • sport psychology
  • referral

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology


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