Welcome to the Spring 2005 edition of Athletic Insight. As you will see, our most recent group of contributors speaks volumes to the merits of online sport psychology resources in general, and Athletic Insight in specific. Since December 2004 alone, we have had over 350,000 visitors to the AI site. Some have been academics interested in the wide array of articles published over the last seven years. Among the others who’ve visited there has been a wide array of athletes, parents, coaches and administrators of all levels in search of resources and information. As we see it, the spectrum of contact we have experienced signifies a beautiful tie between the practical and the theoretical. This balance will continue in the coming years. We believe that research and application inform each other, and so they must intertwine within AI.
As part of our evolution, we have also experienced increased popularity and so increased demand on our highly competent senior and junior review staff. The growing pains we are referring to have necessitated that AI keep pace. We are currently in the process of screening 4-5 additional reviewers as part of our evolution. In addition, in the coming months, we will also be recruiting from within, and assigning 2-3 assistant editors to account for clinical and research submissions.
As we continue to grow, so does the breadth of our staff network. Not surprisingly, we have staff members from Canada, England, Hong Kong, United States, Spain, and New Zealand. Our multinational – multicultural staff are meant to encourage a rich educational exchange among staff and readership. In the coming years, our multinational staff will continue to grow in magnitude, thus keeping pace with our contributors. The emergence of cultural sport psychology is a recent edition to the literature and applied practice within our domain. Athletic Insight intends to remain on the cutting edge of sport psychology dissemination through the endorsement of culture specific as well as more global discussions. One effective way of doing so is the maintenance and increase in staff from across the globe.
Onward to the current edition of Athletic Insight, Spring 2005. The five papers we have endorsed reflect a broad array of topics and interests. Gregory Wilson and Mary Pritchard from the United States compare the sources of stress in college student athletes and non-athletes. Their research reconciles the stressors of relationships, academic demands, finance, health and well-being, and body image. If you are either a student or someone who works with college aged students, what they have to say is illuminating. Emily Keener, again from the United States, targets gender differences and attribution styles in relation to competitive pool. As you will see, her study indicates that gender and expertise affect attribution patterns within the game of pool. Her findings relating to gender have not always been echoed in past attribution research. Perhaps it is time to reconsider the attribution research. Sandra Short and Jennifer Reuter from the United States focused their study on the relationship among three components of perceived risk of injury, previous injuries and gender in no-contact and limited contact sport athletes. This is a follow up to their work published in the December, 2004 edition of athletic insight where they focused on contact sport athletes. Clearly, there are important applied aspects to their papers for sport professionals and researchers alike. Adam Nicholls and Remco Polman from the United Kingdom, and Nicholas Holt working from Canada have considered the effects of individualized imagery interventions on golf performance and flow states. Intervening with four high-performance golfers, Nicholls and colleagues’ results indicate that tailor made imagery can be an effective strategy to foster confidence, and subsequently, flow within aspiring athletes. Their results hold promise, and it is hoped that future research will follow through on their preliminary study with larger respondent groups from different sport disciplines, different sport levels, and athletes from different cultures. Finally, Krista Munroe – Chandler has also contributed to this installment with a review article about qualitative research in physical activity. Munroe aptly points out that qualitative research is popular among today’s sport psychology academy. Here, Munroe delineates the need for similar in-depth inquiries within the physical activity domains. Her review of literature is effective, and provides the ambitious researcher with numerous possibilities for the future.
In closing, we hope you, the reader, enjoy this new installment of AI. We enjoy hearing from you, and clearly, this new edition will provide one more venue through which to discuss applied sport and exercise psychology. Welcome to Spring, 2005.
Robert Schinke, Ed.D. CMTR