1st Edition

Growth Following Adversity in Sport A Mechanism to Positive Change

Edited By Ross Wadey, Melissa Day, Karen Howells Copyright 2020
    314 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    314 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Growth Following Adversity in Sport: A Mechanism to Positive Change is the first text to carefully consider the positive changes that may follow adverse experiences in sport at micro (e.g., individual), meso (e.g., dyadic, team), and macro levels (e.g., organizational, cultural). While remaining respectful of the despair and distress that can follow adversity, this comprehensive text aims to provide a narrative of hope to those who have experienced adversity in sport by showcasing the latestadvances in research on growth following adversity.

    This book covers topics as diverse as: conceptual, theoretical, and methodological considerations; cultural, organizational, and relational perspectives; population-specific insights (e.g., gender, disability, youth); and applied implications (e.g., evidence-based, practice-based). Written and edited by a team of international experts and emerging talents from around the world, each chapter considers the nature and meaning of growth, contains a comprehensive review of empirical research or reflections from professional practice, and offers exciting, novel, and rigorous suggestions for future programs of research that aim to promote positive change in sport to support the safety, wellbeing, and welfare of the people who take part (e.g., athletes, coaches, paid employees, volunteers).

    Cutting-edge, timely, and comprehensive, Growth Following Adversity in Sport: A Mechanism to Positive Change is essential reading for postgraduate students and scholars in the fields of sport psychology, injury and rehabilitation, sport theory and other related sport science disciplines.

    Introduction: Growth Following Adversity: A Mechanism to Positive Change in Sport

    Ross Wadey, Melissa Day, and Karen Howells

    Part I: Conceptual, Theoretical, and Methodological Perspectives

    1. Growth Following Adversity: A Conceptual Perspective

    Ross Wadey, Melissa Day, and Karen Howells

    2. Growth Following Adversity: A Theoretical Perspective

    Karen Howells, Ross, Wadey, and Melissa Day

    3. Growth Following Adversity: A Methodological Perspective

    Melissa Day, Karen Howells, and Ross Wadey

    4. "It’s Impacted Me Too": Where Does Vicarious Growth Fit In?

    Laura Martinelli and Melissa Day

    5. Growth, Resilience, and Thriving: A Jangle Fallacy?

    Daniel J. Brown, Mustafa Sarkar, and Karen Howells

    Part II: Cultural, Organisational, and Relational Perspectives

    6. A Cultural Perspective on Growth Following Adversity: Using Autobiography to Understand Addiction Recovery through Sport

    Kerry R. McGannon, Jenny McMahon, and McKenna L’Estrange

    7. Can Sport Organizations Benefit From Adversity? A Sensemaking Approach

    Christopher R. D. Wagstaff

    8. Can Adversity Promote Team Functioning In Sport?

    Michael T. Chapman and Daniel F. Gucciardi

    9. Stress Related Growth Within Youth Sport: The Parent-Child Relationship

    Sam N. Thrower, Chris, G. Harwood, and Kacey C. Neely

    10. Taking an Embodied Approach to Posttraumatic Growth Research and Sport

    Kate Hefferon and Hanna Kampman

    Part III: Population Perspectives

    11. Adversity- and Growth-Related Experiences of Elite Sport Performers

    Karen Howells

    12. Gender Differences in Athletes’ Experiences of Adversity and Growth

    Kacey C. Neely, Katherine A. Tamminen, and Nicholas L. Holt

    13. Posttraumatic Growth in Disability Sport Following Spinal Cord Injury: A Narrative Approach

    James Brighton

    14. Sport Injury-Related Growth: A Conceptual Foundation

    Ross Wadey and Ciara Everard

    15. Adverse Experiences of Children and Youth: Can Sport Play a Role in Growth Following Psychologically Traumatic Events?

    William V. Massey and Meredith A. Whitley

    Part IV: Applied Perspectives

    16. Nurturing Growth in the Aftermath of Adversity: A Narrative Review of Evidence-Based Practice

    Karen Howells and Ross Wadey

    17. Multilevel Adversity and Growth in Sports Teams: A Professional Practice Perspective

    Stephen D. Mellalieu

    Part V: Conclusion

    18. Taking Stock and Making Hay: Growth Following Adversity Research in Applied Sport Psychology

    Ross Wadey, Melissa Day, and Karen Howells


    Ross Wadey is an Associate Professor in Sport Psychology at St Mary’s University, UK.

    Melissa Day is a Reader in Qualitative Sport Psychology at the University of Chichester, UK.

    Karen Howells is a Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology at Cardiff Metropolitan University, UK.