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  • Sports -- Psychological aspects
  • Sports -- Psychology

The following related terms maybe helpful in locating additional materials:

  • Exercise -- Psychological aspects
  • Physical education and training
  • Sports Administration


Sports Psychology

Scope Note

Sports psychology "is concerned with the psychological foundations, processes and consequences of the psychological regulation of sport-related activities of one or several persons acting as the subject(s) of the activity. The focus may be on behaviour or on different psychological dimensions of human behaviour, i.e. affective, cognitive, motivational or sensori-motor dimensions." Source:

Sports psychology is "a branch of psychology that researches mental factors in attainment of athletic skills and performance."

Sports psychology "is the science of applying psychology to sport. Presently, various individuals who are referred to as sport psychologists can be doing very different kinds of things. For example, the research sport psychologist is concerned with testing theory and various conceptual models that purport to predict sport behavior. If, on the other hand, someone indicates that (s) he is an educational sport psychologist, then (s) he is primarily involved in the dissemination of sport psychology knowledge. University and college professors are typically some combination of educational and research sport psychologists. A third category of sport psychologist is the clinical, or counseling, sport psychologist. The clinical/counseling sport psychologist is professionally prepared to help athletes who experience severe emotional problems associated with such things as depression, anxiety, drug dependency, and interpersonal conflict." Source: Handbook of Research on Sport Psychology. New York : Macmillan, c1993. GV 706.4 H36 1993

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