Welcome to the Summer 2005 Edition of Athletic Insight. With each passing installment, Athletic Insight continues to evolve as a popular resource for researchers, sport professionals, and recreational enthusiasts, alike. Many of you have written us with questions about specific skills and topics from a wide number of vantages and geographical locations. We rather enjoy these interactions with you, our readers, and we will endeavor to continue to answer as many questions as possible.
In order to keep with the ever-increasing demands of manuscript authors, we have added an administrative resource to our staff. We would like to welcome Alain Gauthier, a doctoral student and promising young researcher on board as our first editorial assistant. Alain will assist us with manuscript refinements prior to each installment's release. This additional step in the screening process will ensure that Athletic Insight provides you the reader with a refined read each time you resource our onsite materials.
Onward to what the Summer 2005 installment of AI has to offer. Within this edition, we have included five new published papers. Dr. James Hardy from University of Wales – Bangor, United Kingdom, and his international colleagues examine the effects of instructional and motivational self-talk on performance. The task they consider with their targeted intervention is the common sit-up. Their contribution raises interesting questions regarding the relationship of self-talk and self-efficacy for researchers and practitioners. Self-talk research continues to be a fascinating aspect of sport psychology research given its implication to self-belief and persistence. Dr. Hardy and his colleagues reinforce the importance of thoughts to behaviors.
Dr. Dorothee Alfermann from the University of Leipzig, Germany, and her international colleagues consider the perceived leadership behaviors of coaches and motivational climate as antecedents of adolescent athletes’ skill development. Their studies illustrate the importance of leadership and social support to varying degrees dependent on team and individual sport context. Dr. Alfermann and colleagues put forward informative suggestions of how to inspire adolescent sport enthusiasts interested in team and individual sports. As you will see, the intervention strategies proposed tend to vary with different sports.
Dr. Eva Tsai and Dr. Lena Fung from the University of Hong Kong examine the development of sports personship in youth. Their study indicates the need for the continued development of this line of research. After all, isn’t the development of sportspersonship in youth one of the goals of organized athletics? They focused on gender and adolescents at both ends of the spectrum. Their results indicate that older male payers are least likely to posses a regard for sportspersonship.
The final manuscript within the installment is from Leif Janson from Karlstad University and his colleagues in conjunction with the Swedish Olympic Committee and Swedish National Centre for Research in Sports. They interview leading international sport medalists regarding their in-the- moment mental strategies. Emphasis within their exploratory qualitative research is how performance and timing are achieved during international tournaments. When you read their article, you can gain some insight into the mental processes that leading athletes integrate as they strive for excellence. The level of analysis used by Janson and colleagues is eight leading world-renowned athletes. Their study reflects the level of in-depth understanding needed for high quality qualitative research.
We hope you enjoy the Summer 2005 installment of Athletic Insight. In closing, we would both like to thank our vibrant review staff for their ongoing dedication and relentless commitment to Athletic Insight. They are currently hard at work with many new submissions reflecting innovative content from many different continents.
Stay tuned for the Autumn 2005 Special Edition, where the focus will be cultural sport psychology and international differences.
Robert Schinke and Miguel Humara