Thank you for visiting our fourth and final issue of Athletic Insight's fifth year. As the journal continues to receive an ever increasing number of submissions, we have expanded our staff and would like to welcome the latest addition to our list of peer reviewers: Michael Emond, Matt Kelly, and Alan Kornspan. It is thank to the efforts of our staff that we are able to bring you the finest research in the field. If you are interested in joining our staff please visit our Editorial Mission section for a list of duties and responsibilities.
The current issue starts with our Letters to the Editor section in which members of our staff respond to reader's questions. We have expanded this section and we hope that you drop us a line with your questions. The featured book for this issue is Herbert Benson and William Proctor's “The Breakout Principle.” The book offers practical advice on how to activate the natural trigger that maximizes creativity, athletic performance, productivity and personal well-being. This issue sees the return of our Commentary section with Z. Papanikolaou, D. Nikolaidis, A. Patsiaouras & P. Alexopoulos' The Freshman Experience: High Stress – Low Grades. The article examines the overall stress level experienced by freshmen athletes and to delineate the specific stressors that operate to make the athletic and academic transition particularly difficult for most freshmen student-athletes. Three empirical articles are offered. First is “Impact of a Brief Workshop on Stages of Change Profiles in Athletes” by Samuel J. Zizzi and Frank M. Perna. It examines the impact of a psychoeducational workshop on athletes’ stages of change for use of mental skills training with results indicating that there was a positive impact of the workshop on athletes’ perceptions of mental training. Next comes Yves Chantal & Iouri Bernache-Assollant's A Prospective Analysis Of Self-Determined Sport Motivation And Sportspersonship Orientations which tested the replicability of longitudinal findings reported by Vallerand and Losier (1994) which disclosed a predominant time-order relationship between self-determined sport motivation and sportspersonship orientations. The last empirical investigation that is included is Timing In Sports Performance: Psychophysiological Analysis Of Technique In Male And Female Athletes by Leif Janson , Trevor Archer , & Torsten Norlander. The purpose of the study was to examine if timing may be determined through differences in muscle tension. Results indicated that athletes at international level mobilize both muscles in complete or near-complete synchrony compared with athletes at national or club levels. The Call for Papers and Staff section highlights our continuing search for more individuals to fill positions as peer reviewers as well as recruiting submissions from new authors. Finally, a Classifieds section listing job opportunities within the field of sport psychology is also included.
We are always looking for ways to improve our journal and discuss all suggestions among the Editorial staff. In addition, we encourage our readers and other interested parties to submit their articles and opinions for consideration in our publication. At AI we strive to present opposing points of view and critical analysis of the information that we present and therefore look forward to your comments and feedback on the information that is in the journal. Authors should visit our Editorial Mission for the submissions procedure.
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