ERIC Number: ED205493
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Sport Psychology--Building a Bright Tomorrow.
Bunker, Linda K.; McGuire, Richard T.
There is a need to provide practical applications of psychology to improve the quality of performance and the meaningfulness of participation in sports. The scientific and research-based foundations for sport psychology must be acknowledged and expanded. Sport psychologists should provide to coaches and athletes services that offer sound educational programs and coping skills, as well as a variety of therapeutic strategies. Problems involving athletes include: (1) Young athletes, to be a part of school life, must have the fundamental skills to be competitive academically as well as athletically; (2) Athletes competing in the "minor" sports often suffer from the same anxiety, fear, academic and personal stress faced by athletes participating in the "major" team sports; (3) The recruiting activities of coaches for college team sports can elicit traumatic reactions from young athletes; (4) The increased activity of women in competitive sports causes new stressors in the lives of girls; and (5) Coaches and officials, as well as young athletes, are increasingly subject to burnout. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Sports Psychology
Note: Paper presented at the Sport Psychology Conference (Charlottesville, VA, 1981). Best copy available.