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1 To fully understand sport psychology we must ask ourselves two very important questions first what is sport psychology and second who is it for Put in the most sim- ple way sport psychology can be an example of psychological knowledge principles or methods applied to the world of sport Two psychologists Bunker and Maguire say sport psychology is not for psychologists but is for sport and its participants Murphy White 19782 However it can be argued that sport psychology can be for psycho- logy just as it can be for sports scientists managers teachers administrators coaches and last but by no means least the athletes themselves It is sport psychology that has stood apart from the discipline of psychology as a whole Its history is different its concerns are often different its centres of learning and teaching are often different and its professional training is different Garfield 198434 Yet despite this sport psychology remains permanently bonded to psychology through its common interest in the fundamental principles of psychology human behavior and experience No one can deny the significant role which sport and recreation plays in every cul- ture and society across the globe In the western and eastern worlds alike sport and lei- sure continue to support huge industries and take up massive amounts of individual time effort money energy and emotion Within the media competitive sport has gotten enor- mous attention and despite this the publics appetite for more sport never is stated It has been estimated that around two thirds of all newspaper readers in Great Britain first turn to the sports pages when they pick up their daily paper Butt 198765 When one con- siders the number of people who actually engage in sport or even take regular exercise then the significance of sport to all our lives cannot be denied A common problem with sport psychology research
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