Condition category
Mental and Behavioural Disorders
Date applied
16/07/2015
Date assigned
28/08/2015
Last edited
28/08/2015
Prospective/Retrospective
Prospectively registered
Overall trial status
Ongoing
Recruitment status
No longer recruiting

Plain English Summary

Background and study aims
Career development is no longer conceived as a linear process but instead viewed as unstable and transitional over the individual’s life span. Research has shown that individuals’ ability to successfully negotiate transitions has implications for their mental health, motivation and productivity. This has increased pressure on organisational support systems to put in place infrastructures to empower individuals to manage their career paths and deal with multiple transitions. This is certainly the case in Irish high performance sport where the need to enhance elite athletes’ ability to negotiate transitions and cope with mental health difficulties has been publicly highlighted by several high profile male Irish athletes. How effective an individual is in making a transition and adjusting to change depends on a number of factors including the individual’s personal resources. Career adaptability is a personal resource that is described as the individual’s ability to deal with change. Research has shown that career adaptability is malleable and highly correlated with psychological well-being. In response to the identified need of the Irish Sports Council’s, Irish Institute of Sport, the aim of this project is to develop and test an athlete transition support programme that will enhance career adaptability and psychological well-being in approximately 200 Irish Olympic and Paralympic athletes. As part of the research process, the project will explore gender issues relevant to the development of the intervention programme. It is envisioned that this research will expand the knowledge and skills of Irish service providers working with elite athletes in the area of athlete career transition. The outcomes of this study will improve current support networks around elite Irish athletes and inform policies related to improving athlete support systems and mental health.

Who can participate?
Adults who have been involved in an Irish high-performance sport programme

What does the study involve?
Participants will be randomly allocated to one of two groups: the intervention or the control group.
In the intervention group, participants will watch a psycho-educational video clip and attend 3 psycho-education workshops. In the control group, participants will go about life as usual.

What are the possible benefits and risks of participating?
Participants will have the opportunity of learning about: normal responses to major transitions in sport; planning and goal-setting; how to identify and check unhelpful thinking; emotion regulation strategies; self-regulation strategies – planning; problem solving techniques. There are no risks to participants beyond that which they encounter in everyday life. The manner and questions used to assess whether this support programme works are non-intrusive.

Where is the study run from?
Irish Institute of Sport, Dublin

When is the study starting and how long is it expected to run for?
September 2015 to June 2018

Who is funding the study?
Irish Research Council and Irish Institute of Sport.

Who is the main contact?
Ms Emma Burrows
emma.burrows2@mail.dcu.ie

Trial website

Contact information

Type

Public

Primary contact

Ms Emma Burrows

ORCID ID

http://orcid.org/0000-0002-9009-7760

Contact details

School of Health and Human Performance
Dublin City University
Dublin
D9
Ireland
+353 0892481988
emma.burrows2@mail.dcu.ie

Additional identifiers

EudraCT number

ClinicalTrials.gov number

Protocol/serial number

N/A

Study information

Scientific title

Feasibility, acceptability and effectiveness of a career transition programme to increase adaptability and psychological well-being in elite Irish athletes and their service providers

Acronym

Study hypothesis

A 4-part psycho-education intervention will improve adaptability and psychological well-being in members of the elite Irish sport community.

Ethics approval

Research and Innovation Support (Dublin City University), 08/09/2014, ref: DCUREC/2014/194

Study design

Interventional wait list control design with pre and post testing

Primary study design

Interventional

Secondary study design

Trial setting

Other

Trial type

Other

Patient information sheet

Not available in web format, please use contact details to request a participant information sheet

Condition

Adaptability and psychological well-being

Intervention

1. Intervention arm involves exposure to psycho-educational video clip and attendance at 3 psycho-education workshops targeting adaptability and psychological well-being.
2. Control arm involves life as usual.

Intervention type

Behavioural

Phase

Drug names

Primary outcome measures

Learning, adaptability and psychological well-being. Data collection methods will include surveys such as The COMPAS-W Scale of Wellbeing©, Career Adaptabilities Form 2.0, The Self Control and Self-Management Scale, the Shortened General Attitudes and Beliefs Scale and the Depression Anxiety Stress Scales (DASS-21)

Measurements taken pre and post intervention, and also at 2 months and 6 months following the 2016 Olympic/Paralympic Games.

Secondary outcome measures

Self-efficacy, problem solving skills.

Measurements taken pre and post intervention, and also at 2 months and 6 months following the 2016 Olympic/Paralympic Games.

Overall trial start date

01/09/2015

Overall trial end date

01/06/2018

Reason abandoned

Eligibility

Participant inclusion criteria

1. Current or prior involvement in an Irish high-performance sport programme
2. 18 years and over

Participant type

Other

Age group

Adult

Gender

Both

Target number of participants

200 members of the elite sport community comprising athletes, coaches and service providers

Participant exclusion criteria

N/A

Recruitment start date

01/09/2015

Recruitment end date

01/07/2016

Locations

Countries of recruitment

Ireland

Trial participating centre

Irish Institute of Sport
National Sports Campus, Blanchardstown
Co. Dublin
Ireland

Sponsor information

Organisation

School of Health and Human Performance

Sponsor details

Dublin City University
Glasnevin
Dublin
D9
Ireland

Sponsor type

University/education

Website

Funders

Funder type

Research council

Funder name

Irish Research Council

Alternative name(s)

Funding Body Type

private sector organisation

Funding Body Subtype

other non-profit

Location

Ireland

Funder name

Irish Institute of Sport

Alternative name(s)

Funding Body Type

Funding Body Subtype

Location

Results and Publications

Publication and dissemination plan

We anticipate findings will be presented at one European and one International conference in 2017/2018. Results will be submitted for publication to a peer reviewed journal in 2018. Dissemination channels will include social media. The intervention study will contribute to the submission of a doctoral thesis and the final thesis will be deposited in DORAS, Dublin City University’s open access institutional repository.

Intention to publish date

31/12/2018

Participant level data

Not expected to be available

Results - basic reporting

Publication summary

Publication citations

Additional files

Editorial Notes