Critical moments in elite Premiership football: Who do you think you are?

Mark Nesti, Martin Littlewood, Lisa O'Halloran, Martin Eubank, David Richardson

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The present paper aims to specifically outline the critical moments that permeate
professional football players’ development and existence in elite level English
Premiership football. It also recognises the role of the applied sport psychologist in
working with top players to address issues that challenge, impact (and change) player
identity and personal meaning as they travel through their career from youth to
professional to retirement. We conclude the paper by introducing some alternative
perspectives on theory and practice. The paper is a result of the combined interests
and applied activity of the authors and draws from theoretical frameworks and
concepts in social psychology, existential phenomenological psychology and
sociology. In this regard the paper attempts to synthesise (and celebrate) complimentary disciplines in order to allow us to consider the individual player within their
social context.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-32
Number of pages10
JournalPhysical Studies and Sport. Culture and Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2012


  • critical moments
  • football
  • identity


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