Athletic Insight - The Online Journal of Sport Psychology

Editorial - Spring 2007

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         The Spring of 2007 is upon us, and with it, a new installment of Athletic Insight is provided. Before moving forward to what is offered within this submission, Athletic Insight would like to thank several reviewers who provided invaluable assistance during their tenure with the journal. Leslee Fisher has taken on new responsibilities within AASP's executive board, and we congratulate her on this new prestigious appointment. In addition, Alain Gauthier, the inaugural Editorial Assistant with AI is currently engaged in Doctoral studies, and the associated demands that go along with it. We wish both of these people success in their pursuits.

         There are also a few new additions to the senior reviewing staff. Dr. Kaori Araki (National Sport Institute) living in Singapore and Dr. Mary Pritchard (Boise State) from the United States will be providing new expertise to our staff compliment. Welcome to these new comers. We would also like to extend our appreciation to a very busy reviewing staff of senior and junior members, who are presently hard at work with reviewing and research demands.

         Onward to the present installment, where you will find six new contributions to the sport psychology literature. Leading off the present installment is Dr. Andrew Guest (University of Portland, USA). Within his published report, Guest analyzes the meanings and motivations for sport participation of male soccer players in two distinct cultural contexts. The basis for analysis is two years of participant observation with a college team in the United States and a comparable team in the Republic of Malawi using qualitative methods. As you will see, culture provides an interesting lens to understand what motivates the aspiring athlete. Next, Stiliani Chroni, Stefanos Perkos, and Yannis Theodorakis (University of Thessaly, Greece) consider the function and preferences of motivational and instructional self-talk for adolescent basketball players within their country. The objective with their study was to explore players’ perceptions on self-talk, helpfulness, and on the mechanisms through which self-talk facilitated execution. Third, John Stiles (USA) provides an intriguing, in-depth case study featuring a well-known controversy between a sports reporter and a professional athlete named John Rocker. The interviews integrated within his study illustrate how a solitary magazine article can catalyze a media blitz disproportionate to the importance of John Rocker's actual comments, and calls into question the ethics of how comments were framed by the journalist for maximum effect. In a fourth report, Robert Bell and Charles Thompson (University of Tennessee, USA) provide an intervention case study about solution-focused guided imagery for a golfer experiencing the yips. The fifth report features the work of Mary Pritchard, BreeAnn Milligan, and Jenna Elgin (Boise State University, USA). As you will see, the authors surveyed male and female athletes and non-athletes to compare the prevalence rates of alcohol behaviors, smoking and smokeless tobacco use, and disordered eating behaviors and body image dissatisfaction. They found that these behaviors differed by both gender and athletic status. Finally, Cassandra Smisson (Florida State University), Kevin Burke (East Tennessee State University), Barry Joyner and Barry Munkasy (Georgia Southern University), and Lindsey Blom (University of Southern Mississippi), all from the United States, explored the spectator aspect of the Antecedents Consequence Model by determining the relationship between personal control and perceptions of positive momentum.

         As you comb through the abovementioned articles, you will find that each offers the reader a balance of theory and applied relevance, in keeping with Athletic Insight’s mandate. As such, on behalf of our staff, we welcome you to read through the present installment and those before it in your pursuit of applied sport psychology knowledge.

         Best wishes for Spring, 2007.

Robert Schinke

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