Original Research: Dr. Sean Flannery (Confirmed, Email)

Dr. Sean Flannery, a psychologist local to the Charlottesville area, who specializes in sports performance consulting

On December 9th, I sent my first email to Dr. Flannery, which read as follows:

“Hello Dr. Flannery,

I’m William Bradford, a high school student at Renaissance School in Charlottesville Virginia and I am conducting my Senior Thesis on the relationship between performance psychology in multiple fields. Would agree to an online interview, either over a recorded video call or via email? I would like to ask you about a few concepts and methodologies I’ve found in my research so far and get your stance on these matters.

If you do agree to this interview, would you be available between 1:00 and 3:00 PM, on December 16th or January 4th? Alternatively, if you would like to conduct the interview over email, I could send you my questions and you could respond whenever you like.

Thank you,
William Bradford”

He responded on December 14th, with the following email:

“Hi William,
Thanks for reaching out, I’d love to help. I think it would be best since I don’t have those times available for you to email me questions you have and I can respond that way. If you need clarification on my answers and/or have follow-up questions we can try and set up a video call.
Best,
Sean “

I immediately sent him my questions, in an email which read as follows:

“Dear Dr. Flannery,

Thank you so much for agreeing to answer some questions.

Thank you for your time,
Kindest regards,
William Bradford

The questions I would like to ask you are listed below:
1. First, I’d like to ask a personal question. How has COVID-19 affected your work with athletes?

2. What is your opinion on the use of inventories and models such as the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI) and Integrated Zones of Optimal Function (IZOF) model? Do you find them adequately effective in treating patients?

3. What inventories or questionnaires do you tend to use to get data to help guide athletes on the mental side of performing? Why are these your preference?

4. Many of the resources I have read recently claim that positive self-talk is one of the most effective emotional regulation tools. Do you regard positive self-talk as an effective means of regulating emotion? Why or why not?

5. What two emotional regulation tools do you recommend most frequently for athletes during competitions? Why do you think these are so particularly effective?

6. Overtraining syndrome, as you likely already know, is the stressing of an athlete to the point where an incomplete recovery occurs between training sessions. In your experience, does overtraining syndrome apply to areas outside of sports such as work and educational settings? Does it manifest itself differently there?”

He inquired as to when I need him to complete the questions by, to which I responded that my research ends on January 7th, so any time before then would be wonderful. He has not responded as of yet on Wednesday, 12/16, at 4:26 PM.

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