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date: 06 December 2019

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As editor of this Handbook, I felt it was necessary to have a concluding chapter that discussed some of the main themes of the book and also looked ahead, anticipating the potential pitfalls and challenges facing sport and performance psychology in the years to come. To get a diversity of opinions on such intriguing issues, I contacted three leading figures in the field and asked them to answer a series of questions I had developed that addressed the future development of the field. The focus of this Handbook is on performance, so I contacted individuals with unquestioned credentials in that area. Each of them is comfortable moving among the academic, research and applied fields. Sean McCann is senior sport psychologist with the U.S. Olympic Committee and has provided services at numerous World Championships, national events, and Olympic Games. Kirsten Peterson is his counterpart in Australia, leading the sport psychology program in the High Performance Division at the Australian Institute of Sport. And Charlie Brown is a leader in performance psychology, working with clients on performance issues and moving the field ahead via such projects as the groundbreaking book he co-authored with Kate Hays in 2004, You're On! Consulting for Peak Performance. I hope you enjoy the “conversation” presented in this final chapter, which gives us the rare opportunity to peek inside the lives and experiences of true experts in sport and performance psychology.

Keywords: Sport and performance psychology, high performance, applied psychology, peak performance consultation

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