Practitioners’ perceptions of sport psychology in South Africa

Edwards, David J. and Jooste, Julius (2016) Practitioners’ perceptions of sport psychology in South Africa. African Journal for Physical Activity and Health Sciences, 22 (1-1). pp. 40-48. ISSN 2411-6939

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This study explicates perceptions of relevant, knowledgeable sport psychology stakeholders in South Africa (SA). The study was motivated by three main concerns: first, to contribute towards the growth and development of sport psychology; second, to promote sport psychology theory and praxis; and third, to establish training and competencies within an economically developing context. A purposive sample, originating from two separate studies, involving a total of 10 practitioners, was used. Information was thematically content analysed. Results suggested that practitioners' perceptions were similar in terms of training, competencies and practice, and different with respect to relative health, research, sport and performance orientations. Unique features included the valuing of culture, diversity, flexibility and adaptability. Structural needs are outlined. Further relevant academic and professional collaboration should considerably advance the contributions of sport psychology at local, national and international level.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: C600 Sports Science
C800 Psychology
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2019 15:11
Last Modified: 19 Dec 2019 15:42

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