Revisiting the performance profile technique

theoretical underpinnings and application

Daniel F. Gucciardi, Sandy Gordon

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Abstract

The performance profile technique (Butler, 1989, 1991), which stems from a personal construct psychology (PCP; Kelly, 1955/1991) framework, has become a useful methodology for identifying and understanding an athlete's perceived need for areas of improvement. Despite the popularity of this technique, current descriptions and practices fail to appreciate key tenets of PCP which offer a greater insight into one's perspective. Accordingly, the purposes of this paper are to revisit the performance profile technique and describe an extension of its current form by drawing on these key PCP tenets as well as providing an example of the revised methodology in practice. Following a brief overview of PCP, we outline two key tenets of this theoretical framework that have guided the revised version of the performance profile technique presented here. We conclude with a case example of the new methodology in practice using an Australian footballer's perception of mental toughness.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)93-117
Number of pages25
JournalSport Psychologist
Volume23
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2009
Externally publishedYes

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