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Many debates have raged about professional issues in sport psychology, but the research aspect of applied sport psychology has received relatively little attention. In an effort to stimulate thinking about research, this paper discusses the aims of science, the underlying philosophy of science issues that impinge on sport psychology research, and current methodological controversies. The paper concludes with suggestions for future directions for research in applied sport psychology, and implications for consulting are addressed.
W.B. Strean and G.C. Roberts are with the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL 61801.