I first contacted Dr. John Raglin on 12/15/2020 with the below email. He responded on the same day and asked to have a conversation on 12/16.
“Dear Dr. Raglin,
I am William Bradford, a high school student at Renaissance School in Charlottesville, Virginia, and I am conducting my Senior Thesis research on performance psychology.
I found your work on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of overtraining syndrome and your article on the placebo and nocebo effects in sports very surprising and intriguing. After reading them, I found that I had a few questions I would like to ask you.
Would you be open to an online interview sometime between now and January 6th or 7th? I am typically available on Wednesdays and Thursdays between 12:00 and 6:00 PM EST, but I would be glad to accommodate your schedule.
I am certain you are busy, so if scheduling a call does not work for you, I have attached questions below, in case you may have the opportunity to answer via email instead.
Thank you so much for your kind consideration,
With my highest regards,
1. How has COVID-19 affected your research? Have you continued to conduct research online, or has it generally halted your work?
2. What is your opinion on the use of inventories and models such as the Stress-Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI) and Individualized Zones of Optimal Functioning (IZOF) model in less physical sports such as chess or esports?
3. Should emotional assessment inventories be used regularly in the workplace to assess the emotional states of workers? Why or why not?
4. Do you regard positive self-talk as an effective means of regulating emotion? If so, would you consider it a form of self-administered placebo? Do any emotional regulation strategies stand out to you?
5. Do you think that the IZOF model could be adapted for use on research teams to achieve optimal performance during the research process?
6. In your experience, does overtraining syndrome apply to areas outside of sports such as work and educational settings? Does it manifest itself differently there? Why do you think so?”
He responded on the same day, with the following email:
So nice to hear from you and find out that you’ve read those papers. I’d be happy to talk to you over the phone about your questions which I found to be very interesting. If it helped you could even record my answers (which would take a long time to type). Would a call tomorrow (Wednesday) at noon work for you? Let me know what your number is and I’ll be happy to call.
Below is the interview conducted with Dr. John Raglin on 12/16/2020.