Scandinavian Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology 2020-05-29T06:25:36+02:00 Johan Wikman Open Journal Systems <p>The purpose of the SJSEP is to collect and disseminate knowledge and experiences between researchers, practitioners, athletes, coaches and others with interest for sport psychology in Scandinavia.</p> Editorial 2020-05-29T06:24:51+02:00 Knud Ryom Peter Elsborg Johan Wikman 2020-02-10T00:00:00+01:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Elite athletes are higher on Grit than a comparison sample of non-athletes 2020-05-29T06:25:24+02:00 Line From Dorthe Kirkegaard Thomsen Martin Hammershøj Olesen <p>This study examines whether grit and conscientiousness distinguish elite-sport performers from a comparison sample of non-athletes. Participants were 128 elite athletes and 1701 adults recruited through a human resource company. Both groups filled out short-form questionnaires measuring grit and conscientiousness. Consistent with expectations, there was a high positive correlation between grit and conscientiousness and the elite athletes reported higher grit than the non-athletes. Contrary to expectations, the non-athletes scored higher on conscientiousness compared to the elite athletes. The importance of grit for attaining elite status in sport is discussed.</p> 2020-02-10T00:00:00+01:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Talent development environment in a professional football club in Norway 2020-05-29T06:25:36+02:00 Georg Flatgård Carsten Hvid Larsen Stig Arve Sæther <p>The research on talent development is increasing, even though most of it has focused on the individual athlete. By using a holistic and ecological approach to talent development and especially the players’ environment, one could highlight how the environment facilitates player and team development. The purpose of this study was to analyse the recruit team of the professional football club Ranheim F.C. in Norway. Principal methods of data collection included interviews, participant observations of life in the environment, and analysis of documents. The environment was centred around the relationship between coaches and players, and although the supporting staff was relatively small, the inclusive and supportive approach from competent coaches was essential. The characteristics of the environment included that players were encouraged to take responsibility for their own development, exercise self-reflexiveness and the ability to handle the challenges that may arise in the life of young football players, and optimize the everyday lives of the players. Despite economic challenges within the club, the environment compensated with spirit, volunteerism, and hard work.</p> 2020-02-10T00:00:00+01:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Successful talent development environments in female Scandinavian Handball 2020-05-29T06:25:02+02:00 Louise Kamuk Storm Mette Krogh Christensen Lars Tore Ronglan <p><span lang="EN-GB">Talent development is a sociocultural affair. The social learning perspective is rarely used for the study of talent development in sport, although it is broadly known in the domain of education. This article examines the way in which communities of practice are connected within two exceptional successful talent development environments, what characterises talents’ movements across communities of practice within the club, and what characterises the interactions between talents, senior players and coaches. Drawing on Wenger’s notion of communities of practice, constellations of interconnected practices and boundary encounters, it identifies how the two environments were characterised by (1) a well-functioning constellation of several CoPs, (2) opportunities for talents to participate and engage in various CoPs (3), individually adjusted feedback from coach to player combined with communication between the players with different positions in the CoPs and not only coach instructions, and (4) senior elite players’ engaging behaviours in regard to newcomers in the boundary encounters and thereby legitimate peripheral participation opportunities for talented players. (5) The coaches were the key to coordinate the interconnected practices and social interactions between the ‘youth CoP’ and ‘senior elite CoP’.</span></p> 2020-02-10T00:00:00+01:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Team Denmark’s sport psychology professional philosophy 2.0 2020-05-29T06:25:13+02:00 Gregory Diment Kristoffer Henriksen Carsten Hvid Larsen <p>In 2008, Team Denmark established a sport psychology team with the aim to enhance the quality and consistency of applied sport psychology services in Danish sport. The team began their work by creating a professional philosophy (Henriksen, Hansen, &amp; Diment, 2011). Since this publication, the team has worked closely with Danish athletes, coaches and sport federations in consultations, training and competitions, including at numerous World and Europeans Championships as well as several Olympic Games. Lessons learnt on the job, the introduction to new theoretical perspectives, insights from supervision, and formal professional education have resulted in the continual development of the team’s professional philosophy. The purpose of this article is to present a revised version of Team Denmark’s professional philosophy; including: (1) the vision for the team; (2) basic beliefs and values; (3) the psychological theories that interventions are based upon; (4) Team Denmark’s Sports Psychological model which describes the content and focus of the team’s work; and (5) the concrete psychological services that delivered. High quality service requires coherence across all five levels of the philosophy.</p> 2020-02-10T00:00:00+01:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement##