Finding Sport and Kinesiology

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Rainer Martens
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Learn how sport influenced Rainer Martens’s life and his epiphany to become a physical educator and coach, which led him to study sport psychology. The author briefly recounts his work in sport psychology and coaching education. Next, the author describes how he stumbled into publishing, founding Human Kinetics, and describes how this company helped define kinesiology and influence the broad field of physical activity. The author concludes by reporting on his continued involvement in sport and the development of two community centers that focus on sport and physical activity.

The author ( is currently living in Ormond Beach, FL, USA.

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  • Conant, J. (1963). The education of American teachers. McGraw-Hill.

  • Martens, R. (1975). Social psychology and physical activity. Harper & Row.

  • Martens, R. (1977). Sport Competition Anxiety Test. Human Kinetics.

  • Martens, R. (1979). From smocks to jocks. Journal of Sport Psychology, 1(2), 9499.

  • Martens, R. (1987). Coaches guide to sport psychology. Human Kinetics.

  • Martens, R. (2012). Successful coaching (4th ed.). Human Kinetics.

  • Martens, R., Vealey, R., & Burton, D. (1990). Competitive anxiety in sport. Human Kinetics.

  • Martens, R., & Wade, M. (1974). Psychology of motor behavior and sport. Human Kinetics.

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