You are in the final year of supervised experience and a well-renowned and highly regarded sport scientist, Dr X, has provided you with the opportunity to work alongside him as a junior for the national side’s support team at the Hockey World championships. The squad is performing above expectations and has just reached the semi-finals. You and Dr X are sitting together having a break, when one of the main players comes up and asks Dr X if he can give her a ‘buzz pill’. On limited discussion, this turns out to be a banned stimulant. What are the main issues involved in this scenario and what do you do?
Scenario 2: The coach of a high level Under 19 basketball team suspects that two players (aged 18) may have an alcohol problem owing to various reports about their ‘social lives’ and them turning up for training ‘worse for wear’ on several occasions. The team is currently at training camp completing their final preparations prior to leaving for a high profile (and potentially lucrative) tour to the USA in 3 days’ time. However, the assistant coach has just told the coach that he has caught both players, and a younger member of the squad, drinking in the changing rooms during a quick break in training. This is despite a player-led team agreement that alcohol is banned at all squad events (and that many of the players are under 18). The two players are among the best in the side and one is a potential match winner. The coach is very busy with the squad and is not in the position to give it much thought until this evening. He therefore asks you, his sport psychology support team to come up with a solution. What are the main issues involved in this scenario and what do you suggest to the coach to resolve it?
Scenario 3: A few months ago, a very driven, 15 year old, female rower was advised by her coach that the most effective way to improve performance was through weight loss. The team physiologist agreed and spent a few sessions with the athlete educating her of an appropriate diet for her sporting requirements. The athlete’s performance levels have, and continue to improve, and she is now on the verge of achieving her goal of gaining GB status and going to the Junior Commonwealth Games in 3 months’ time. However she is now observed to have a ‘disordered eating’ pattern and her body fat % has fallen below healthy limits. She is oblivious to this and believes herself to be happier and more enthused than ever. As a sport psychology support team, what are the main issues involved in this scenario and what do you suggest to resolve the situation?
Each group is to present their consideration of, and solution to, their allocated scenario. The presentation is to be a maximum of 20 minutes. Time will be allowed at the start of the presentation purely to read the scenario to the audience, thereafter the 20 minutes presentation time will begin. You will be given a warning when there are 2 minutes of your presentation time left and then you will be stopped on 20 minutes. Copies of presentation material (e.g., PowerPoint slides) must be given to the assessors prior to the start of the session.
You must submit a hard-copy of your presentation to the Departmental Office and an electronic copy on Moodle (TURNITIN). You must also bring two copies of your educational talk to your presentation, together with a break-down of the research synthesis and who did what (see documents below).
The Overall Scenario (Audience): You are a sport psychology company presenting your solution to a specific scenario as part of an interview process to gain a contract with a National Governing Body. Your presentation is therefore to the NGBs Performance Director, key members of the current Sport Science support team and head coaches.
You must write a 1,000 word reflective critique on your personal experience of undertaking the presentation (Assessment 1a). This should be guided by Gibbs’ Reflective Cycle and involve a rigorous academic critique of the scenario you presented on, which should be appropriately supported and underpinned by relevant research.
Assessment 2: Three Professional Tasks (50%)
You must complete and submit three professional tasks that are related to your chosen career pathway. These three tasks must be approved in advance of submission by the module convener. These could include but are not limited to:
Teaching: Designing a lesson plan; creating a Moodle test; designing a module and assessment(s).
Research: Preparing an abstract and poster for a conference; preparing a full ethics form for a proposed study; searching for research funding and writing a bid; writing a magazine article.
Consultancy: Writing a client feedback letter; writing a magazine article; designing a ‘What is…?’ educational leaflet to a client group or individual athlete; designing a workshop and flyer; designing a website for your consultancy business.
All three tasks must be presented in the final format you would send to publishers, clients, or students. Your submission should include one side of paper containing no more than 25 words to demonstrate who the client, teaching group or target audience is for each task. For example:
- Task 1: A group of 50 students on a 1st year sport psychology module in a sport science programme.
- Task 2: A 12 year old gymnast currently within the County squad, on the verge of the national team.
- Task 3: Runners’ World magazine with an informed, non-academic audience of running enthusiasts
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