Behavior Modification in Sport and Physical Education: A Review

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Janet A. Donahue The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

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Jacqueline H. Gillis The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

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Karen King The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

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This paper reviews published research on behavior modification in sport and physical education. Following an introduction and some general information concerning operant technology, the actual review covers three areas: (a) behavior modification and coaching/teaching behavior, (b) behavior modification in physical education and sport environments, and (c) behavior modification and skill development. The studies reviewed document the significant value of using reinforcement principles to create or sustain specific coaching, teaching, and participant behaviors germane to sport and physical education.

Reprint requests should be sent to Karen King, School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, NC 274 12.

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