Applying Positive Psychology in Sport: A Trainee’s Case Study

Scott Gunning, Jenny Smith

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Positive psychology is an approach to psychology that focuses on the utilization of strengths, positive emotions, well-being, and personal growth to help individuals thrive, flourish, and achieve optimal functioning. The following case study highlights how positive psychology theories and techniques, specifically strengths-development and gratitude interventions, were implemented into a sport psychology intervention by a trainee sport and exercise psychologist. It is hoped that other practitioners may find the case study a useful insight into how they may be able to incorporate positive psychology into their practice.
Original languageEnglish
Article number2350487
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Sport Psychology in Action
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 17 Jun 2024


  • Applied practice
  • case study
  • gratitude
  • positive psychology
  • strengths-development
  • trainee experiences


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