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A Beginning: The Resonance Process of
Three Female Freestyle Wrestlers via a
Resonance-Performance-Model-Based Intervention

Kara Stelfox
University of Ottawa

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David Paskevich
University of Calgary

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Introduction

       Researchers in sport psychology have spent considerable time and resources to understand the underlying features of successful athletes (for example Harmison, 2006 and Hodge, Lonsdale & Jackson, 2009). Understanding the psychological skills and characteristics of successful athletes is important to developing strategies to build those skills in less successful athletes. Much of the previous research has been cross-sectional, with the outcome of creating a one-time profile of successful performers in a variety of sports (for example Jackson, Thomas, Marsh & Smethurst, 2001 and Vallerand et al., 2008). From this research it seems that there is an ideal mental, emotional and physiological state for optimal performance and that that state can be better achieved through acquiring a variety of psychological skills (Harmison, 2006). However, it is essential to examine not only the current state of successful athletes, but to also get a retrospective look at the process they used to become expert. One product of this type of research is the Resonance Performance Model (RPM), which was first conceptualized by Newburg, Kimiecik, Durand-Bush and Doell in 2002.

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