TRANSITION FROM JUNIOR ATHLETE TO SENIOR PROFESSIONAL ATHLETE

TRANSITION FROM JUNIOR ATHLETE TO SENIOR PROFESSIONAL ATHLETE

Essay Question

Traditionally, sport has been seen to promote positive character development and psychological well-being. Recent research in sport psychology is however, starting to suggest that this might not always be the case. With regard to ONE of the following:
•    transition from junior athlete to senior professional athlete,
•    athletic retirement,
•    athlete addiction,
•    athletic burnout,
and with critical reference to relevant stress literature and current sport psychology research, consider how sport might have a negative impact on an athlete’s well-being.

Essay Marking Criteria

To help you ensure that you are achieving your upmost within this assignment, please consider the Department’s grading criteria/classification system and the following factors when writing this essay.

?    Extensive reference to current sport psychology/mainstream psychology research, i.e. journal material and not basic text books or web-sites.  Extensive means using at least 12-15 journal articles.  This does not mean summarising a particularly good review article/reading the abstract and pretending that you have read the 12-15 articles cited!! I will know!!!

?    A mature, academic writing style that demonstrates a critical understanding of the research cited.

?    The development and presentation of a critical, reasoned and logical structured discussion which specifically addresses the scenario set.

?    Detailed attention to presentation, e.g. grammar, spelling, and referencing style (both in text and within the reference section). Please see the ‘Academic Writing Advice & Feedback Sheet’ on the first section of this module’s Moodle page for further advice and assistance.

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