Sport Psychology: The Griffith Era, 1920–1940

in The Sport Psychologist
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  • 1 University of North Carolina, Greensboro
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This review examines the development of sport psychology in the years 1920 to 1940, with particular emphasis on Coleman Griffith. Griffith was the most active person in the field in this era and was the first North American to devote a significant portion of his or her career to research, teaching, and service in sport psychology. The approach Griffith took in conceptualizing and studying sport psychology will also be emphasized. In essence, the most lasting legacy of Griffith is the research to practice orientation he epitomized that provides an excellent model for contemporary sport psychologists to emulate.

Daniel Gould is with the Department of Exercise and Sport Science at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, NC 27412-5001. Sean Pick was an undergraduate student in psychology and is now an alumnus of the University.

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