Knowledge Development and Implementation in Sport Psychology: A Review of The Sport Psychologist, 1987–1992

in The Sport Psychologist

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Robin S. VealeyMiami University

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The editorial mission of The Sport Psychologist (TSP) emphasizes the development and implementation of knowledge to enhance the practice of sport psychology. A comprehensive review of all articles published in TSP from 1987 to 1992 was conducted to identify significant trends in knowledge development and implementation since the journal was established. One hundred seventy-six articles were examined and classified based on design, method, objective (scientific or professional), subject characteristics, author characteristics, and content area. Trends that were identified from the review include an emphasis on correlational designs, an increase in intervention studies and the use of case designs, and homogeneity of subjects and authors. Three future directions for advances in applied sport psychology are advocated to increase social relevance, enhance creativity, and reconceptualize the traditional paradigm of knowledge development.

Robin S. Vealey is with the Department of Physical Education, Health, and Sport Studies at Miami University, Phillips Hall, Oxford, OH 45056.

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