Critical Thinking and the Evidence-Based Practice of Sport Psychology

in Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology

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Zella E. MooreManhattan College

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The primary purpose of this article is to expand the discussion about the role of science, clinical thinking, the state of the discipline, and the manner in which evidence-based practice may aid in the development of the field of sport psychology. Rejecting pseudoscientific principles and embracing sound scientific standards of research and practice will result in an increasingly fresh and vibrant field from which greater innovation and evolution can occur. This innovation will inevitably lead to a renewed commitment to theory building, as the evolving scientific database will drive new ways of thinking about the myriad of issues presented by athletic clientele. By embracing the evidence-based practice philosophy, not only will sound scientific advancements emerge, but most importantly, the overall well-being of our athletic clientele will be enhanced.

The author is with the Dept of Psychology, Manhattan College, New York, NY 10471, E-mail: zella.moore@manhattan.edu.

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