Athletic Insight - The Online Journal of Sport Psychology

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       Welcome to Athletic Insight's second issue of our fourth year. The journal and the site continue to grow and so does our ranking among search engines. In large part this is due to feedback we get from you, our readers. We have always tried to respond to your requests and have subsequently become one of the most visited sport psychology sites on the net.

       As you look around the site you will notice several new features. First, we have created a Frequently Asked section where we visitors can readily find information related to the field of sport psychology and to our journal. Students will specially benefit from this since it has information regarding how to become a sport psychologist including sections on educational and occupational opportunities as well as information on credentials needed to work as a sport psychologist.

       The current issue of A.I. focuses on Anxiety in Sports. It is our second issue devoted to this topic ( Volume, 1 Issue 2 was the first). Three peer reviewed articles are presented. The first is entitled “Dysphoria, Linking, And Pre-Competitive Anxiety In Triathletes” and was written by Grant Schofield, Geoff Dickson, Kerry Mummery (Central Queensland University, Australia) and Helen Street (The University of Western Australia, Australia). It investigates the relationship between general linking, everyday depressive symptoms, and state anxiety in a group of ultra-endurance athletes (N=223) competing in the 2001 Ironman New Zealand triathlon. Next is a review and critique of the literature entitled Contrasting Concepts of Competitive State-Anxiety in Sport: Multidimensional Anxiety and Catastrophe Theories by Ivan M. McNally (University Of Central Lancashire, Preston, United Kingdom). After researchers began to question the validity of the Inverted-U Hypothesis, Multidimensional Theory of Anxiety and the Catastrophe Model arose to explain competitive anxiety in sport. The aim of the essay was to firstly underline the foundations and basic principles of each , and secondly, to examine the criticisms that have been levied upon them. The essay offers conclusions and recommendations as to the future of the most plausible explanation of competitive anxiety in sport. Finally, we present an empirical article entitled Self-Efficacy And Psychological Skills During The Amputee Soccer World Cup by James Lowther (Wimbledon Football Club, Selhurst Park Stadium) and Andrew Lane & Helen Lane (School of Sport, Performing Arts, and Leisure, University of Wolverhampton). This study explored relationships between psychological skills, self-efficacy, and performance among soccer players. We are proud to introduce a new section called Featured Book. For this issue, it is Advances in Sport Psychology - 2nd Edition by Thelma Horn, Editor. 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 presented where questions relating to early promotion of young athletes and collegiate academics during the training season are answered.

       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.

        Thank you for your continued patronage to Athletic Insight - The Online Journal of Sport Psychology. Please be sure to visit our sponsors to help keep this site FREE. We hope that you continue to visit our site and spread the word to your friends and colleagues.

Miguel Humara
Editor

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