Sport and Exercise Psychology Review (Journal)

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Welcome to the latest issue of the Sport & Exercise Psychology Review. As we enter another Olympic year the aspirations and expectations of athletes and their professional support staff lie somewhere within the chasm of what can be controlled and what cannot. The quest for Olympic glory – however one defines it – ought to be balanced against the psychological health and wellbeing of the athletes at the centre of the Games. Despite the current dystopian view of some elite sports such misanthropic reflections can be balanced against those from athletes who continually strive to seek, to find, but not to yield to wayward temptations. We open with an article from Felicity Hayball and Martin Jones exploring life skill transfer following withdrawal from sport and compulsory physical education. Next, Jenn Bennett and her colleagues Michael Rotheram, Kate Hays, Peter Olusoga, Ian Maynard and Pete Lindsay assess the impact and levels of perfectionism, rumination and reinvestment in yips and lost move syndrome. Julia West, Clare Roden, Paul Robinson, Paul Castle and Alan St Clair Gibson explore the differences between motivational profiles and personality traits. Within the applied and pedagogical reflections, James Bickley, Andrew Rogers, James Bell and Matt Thombs outline the importance of developing a shared understanding to work more effectively with talented but challenging athletes. Stewart Cotterill and Russell Discombe explore current understanding and future directions of enhancing decision making during sports performance. Rich Neil, Steve Mellalieu and Ross Roberts discuss injury in our “It’s good to talk section”. Within the Student Members section – organized by Karen Howells – Svenja Wachsmuth presents the life of a traveller and how doing a PhD fits in fine. This issue will be Karen’s last as Student Editor. We wish to thank Karen for all her effort, insight and cooperation within this role. Gerard McArdle and Jamie Barker write a reflection on using a cognitive behavioural approach to performance enhancement with a junior golfer and basketball player. We have two conference reports – one from Sarah Carvell on the recent Division of Sport & Exercise Psychology Conference in Leeds and Helen Heaviside reflects on the FEPSAC International Congress. Phil Kearney and Dave Bright review the 6th Annual Meeting of the Expertise and Skill Acquisition Network. To finish, we have a review by Will McConn of Terry Orlick’s In Pursuit of Excellence (5th ed.). The blend of original articles, applied and pedagogical reflections, student contributions, conference reports and book reviews reflects the many ways in which sport and exercise psychologists influence the world of sport, exercise and performance psychology. These manifold efforts of sport and exercise psychologists have forged a legitimate and worthwhile field to influence performance and psychological wellbeing in a positive direction.
Period1 Mar 2016
Type of journalJournal