Editorial - Winter 2006
Another year has come and gone for Athletic Insight, its staff, contributors, and readers. Over the last twelve months, AI has received the largest amount of submissions for a year to date, with a total of 77. As a consequence, our reviewers were asked to carry a heavier load than most (if not all) anticipated when they initially agreed to be part of the AI initiative. Many thanks to our enthusiastic and rigorous senior reviewing staff. They are alphabetically Katie Booth (United States), Peter Catina (United States), Krista Chandler (Canada) Kim Dorsch (Canada) Michael Emond (Canada), Mark Eys (Canada), Lisa Fender-Scarr (United States), Leslee Fisher (United States), Lena Fung (Hong Kong), Shaun Galloway (England), James Hardy (England), Sandy Kimbrough (United States), Anthony Kontos (United States), Alan Konrnspan (United States), Karla Kubitz (United States), David Marchant (England), Sandra Short (United States), Todd Loughead (Canada), John Mills (United States), Eduardo Remor (Spain), Tatiana Ryba (Canada), and Bart Weathington (United States). We have also asked extensive time demands of our junior reviewers (all of whom are presently working feverishly at their doctoral degrees). Our junior reviewers are Dwayne Ham, Martin Jones, Danelle Kabush, Ross Lorimer, Michael Mark, Richard Neil, Daniel Rhind, Jesse Steinfeldt, Melina Timson-Katchis, and Julia West.
Moving forward to this installment, there are four articles featured. Kaori Araki (Waseda University, Japan) and colleagues considered the use of self-talk in relation to dynamic performance among under-graduate students. Ashley Stirling and Gretchen Kerr (University of Toronto, Canada) investigated perfectionism and mood states among recreational and elite athletes, and found significant associations between specific mood state scores and various dimensions of perfectionism. Lee Crust and Ian Lawrence (York St. John University College, United Kingdom) conducted a review of leadership in sport as to its implications for football management and targeted trait, behavioral and interactional models of leadership. Within their conceptual report, the authors highlight the need for improved training and support services for football managers, and propose a theoretical, composite view of an effective football manager. Finally, Peter Catina (Pennsylvania State University, USA) provides a cross-cultural analysis of positive illusions and sport performance levels among basketball players. Within his investigation, Catina found that positive illusion was directly related to actual success and was statistically significant among American, Croatian, and Norwegian athletes, and was consistent with positive illusion as a theoretical construct for predicting success in sport.
In closing, Dr. Humara and I wish you the very best for the coming year, and we look forward to featuring another year of high standard submissions from international authors. Further, we are already hard at work seeking out renowned authors for a forthcoming Autumn, 2007 special edition.