Sport and Exercise Psychology Review (Journal)

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A strange grey distance separates our pale mind still from the pulsing continent of the heart of man – D. H. Lawrence Welcome to the latest issue of the Sport & Exercise Psychology Review. This issue, like those published previously, offers the reader a blend of research and practice from sport and exercise contexts. Most noticeably, however, I feel that sport and exercise psychologists who write for this journal remember and retain the notion of the ‘pulsing continent of the heart of man’. At times, I know I forget. I forget the central themes of human experience: time, memory, love, loss, fear, grief, anger, and uncertainty. We owe a debt to those inveterate practitioners telling and retelling the story of human experience. Those odd clouds of doubt that form on our mental horizon pass when we continue to apprise the public about the benefits of the services offered by chartered sport and exercise psychologists. We open this issue with two original articles emphasising youth sport. First, Matt Goodman and Ian James explore parental involvement in young footballers’ development. Specifically, they compared the opinions of children and their parents collectively rather than seeking the views of children or parents in isolation. Next, Jordan Herbison and colleagues examined the intricacies of the friendship-cohesion relationship in children’s sport. The next two original articles explore issues related to golf. Eamonn O’Flannagn and colleagues examined the receptivity of golf coaches to sport psychology while Eoghan O’Neill and Mary Margaret Meade present on the role of the caddy in helping the golfer’s sporting performance. The applied and pedagogical reflections begin with Michael McDougall’s examination of current perspectives of culture and offer some alternatives. Mirroring a theme from the original articles, Sophia Jowett presents the coach-athlete relationship which is at the heart of effective sport leadership. David Tod and Martin Eubank demystify the systematic review for trainees in sport and exercise psychology. Helen Heaviside presents a doctoral student’s perspective on detangling the web of methodology. Emily Pattinson and her colleagues explore the sources of self-efficacy in springboard and highborn diving through a qualitative investigation. Our two conference reports explore player care by David Horrocks while Alex Hodge reviews the 6th International Conference on Self-Determination Theory. This is my last issue as editor of the Sport & Exercise Psychology Review. It has been an honour and a pleasure to serve as editor; I have learned much professionally and personally. I am indebted to the previous editors (Professor David Lavallee, Professor Marc Jones and Dr Iain Greenlees) for guidance, advice and suggestions over the past three years. Thank you also to the reviewers for their tireless commitment to the journal and finally to the authors, without whom, we would not be educated, stimulated and inspired within our profession. The new editors, Dr Joanne Hudson and Dr Chris Wagstaff, now have their hands on the editorial tiller. I know their experience, knowledge and foresight will propel the Sport & Exercise Psychology Review towards a healthy and sustainable future within the field.
Period1 Mar 2017
Type of journalJournal