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Sport Psychology Services for Elite Athletes Who Have Disabilities: Lessons Learned and Implications for Practice and Research

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Session length is 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Sara Mitchell, PhD, United States Olympic Committee
Jamie Shapiro, PhD, CMPC, University of Denver

In this presentation, two practitioners who provide sport psychology/mental training services to Paralympic athletes will share their unique and shared experiences in working with athletes who have disabilities.
Topics will include:

  • Background and literature on presenting concerns relevant to athletes who have disabilities
  • Performance and clinical concerns during the quad and at the Paralympic Games
  • Similarities and differences between Olympic and Paralympic athletes
  • Factors that influence intervention goals, techniques, and approaches to working with this population (including challenges and complexities)
  • The development and application of an emerging model of U.S. Paralympic sport psychology service provision

Continuing Education Credit
K8: Diversity & Culture; Required CE area – Diversity 
1.25 CE Credits


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Members – $35.00

Non-members – $50.00

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