Welcome to Athletic Insight's third and final issue of 2001. Since the time of our last publication, the journal has continued to grow.
The current issue of A.I. focuses on coping mechanisms used by athletes for dealing with athletic competition. Two blind peer reviewed articles are presented. The first, "Mood-Regulating Strategies Used By Athletes," is written by Matthew J. Stevens and Andrew M. Lane from the University of Wolverhampton in the United Kingdom. It is an empirical article assessing strategies aimed at regulating anger, confusion, depression, fatigue, tension, and vigor among a group of college students from a variety of sports. The second article was written by Robert J. Schinke, Ed.D. and Josť L. da Costa, Ed.D. from the University of Alberta and is entitled "Understanding the Development of Major-Games Competitors' Explanations and Behaviors From a Contextual Viewpoint." It is a preliminary study exploring the relationship between support-staff behavior and the explanatory and behavioral developments of major-games athletes which suggests three discrete stages of athlete development. In addition, an extensive Commentary piece written by Wayne Dominowski entitled "When Parents Take Their Child's Sport Participation Beyond Reason," which examines the negative effects that parents can have on their child's participation in sports. The Call for Papers and Staff highlights our continuing search for more individuals to fill positions as authors and peer reviewers. A Classifieds section listing job opportunities within the field of sport psychology is also included. Finally, the Letters to the Editor section is also included with a response from one of our previous authors, Mitch Lyons responding to questions about the sport psychology intervention for high-school athletes that was presented in the Commentary section of our last issue. 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 in the journal.
Although there is no installment in the Case Studies section for this issue, look for another focusing on team development in the next issue of AI. This section was developed in response to feedback from our readers and we did not expect that support for it would be so strong. We hope to make this a regular feature in the journal. 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. Authors should visit our Editorial Mission for the submissions procedure.
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