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Enhancement of gratitude in the context of elite athletes

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Howells, KM, Enhancement of gratitude in the context of elite athletes, Australian Institute of Sport, Launceston, Tasmania (2017) [Contract Report]


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Abstract

This report provides an analysis and evaluation of an intervention designed to introduce a select group of elite athletes to the role of greater attention to gratitude within this context. Dr Kerry Howells was invited by Megan Fritsch, manager of Personal Excellence Program at the Australian Institute of Sport, to adapt her considerable experience and research on this topic in the field of education to this other context. The intervention was in the form of a one-day workshop that focused on the meaning of gratitude and aspects of gratitude practice that could be applied to the sporting context. Outcomes of the workshop were evaluated in the form of a workshop evaluation and a forty-five minute interview with participants after practising gratitude for a period of six weeks. As part of the interview, participants were asked to recommend changes in the way the workshops were delivered and also how they saw this intervention as part of their sport as a whole. The aim of the research was to investigate both the outcomes and the challenges.

Item Details

Item Type:Contract Report
Keywords:gratitude, resilience, motivation, relationships, high performance sport, Olympic athlete, Paralympic athlete
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Specialist Studies in Education
Research Field:Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and Learning
Objective Field:Moral and Social Development (incl. Affect)
Author:Howells, KM (Dr Kerry Howells)
ID Code:120731
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2017-08-30
Last Modified:2017-09-28
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