European perspective on sport psychology

Wylleman, Paul; Seiler, Roland (2016). European perspective on sport psychology. In: Raab, Markus; Wylleman, Paul; Seiler, Roland; Elbe, Anne-Marie; Hatzigeorgiadis, Antonis (eds.) Sport and exercise psychology research. From theory to practice (pp. 1-25). London: Elsevier

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This chapter describes the development of sport psychology in Europe. Starting from the early years at the beginning of the 20th century, the contribution of European sport psychology in different cultural traditions to the development of this discipline is highlighted. The foundation of FEPSAC, the European Federation of Sport Psychology, and its role in this development are emphasised. During the first 20 years, Europe was a divided continent and the challenges were to establish a common understanding and possibilities for scientific exchange. After the fall of the Berlin wall and the change of the political landscape in Europe, central aims were to foster scientific exchange despite language difficulties, to develop a common understanding, to help young sport psychologists and to establish sport psychology as a professional field. In the new century, one group of challenges identified refers to unification, for example in education and training, in the services delivery, and in the structure. The second group of challenges relates to diversification, be it in the educational and vocational pathways, the different sports and physical activities, the inclusion of persons with special needs or background, or the publications.

Item Type:

Book Section (Book Chapter)

Division/Institute:

07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Sport Science (ISPW)
07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Sport Science (ISPW) > Sport Science II

UniBE Contributor:

Seiler, Roland and Seiler, Roland

Subjects:

700 Arts > 790 Sports, games & entertainment
100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology

ISBN:

978-0-12-803634-1

Publisher:

Elsevier

Language:

English

Submitter:

Roland Seiler

Date Deposited:

21 Jul 2016 15:59

Last Modified:

17 Aug 2016 08:57

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.83973

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/83973

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