A Commentary and Reflections on the Field of Organizational Sport Psychology

  title={A Commentary and Reflections on the Field of Organizational Sport Psychology},
  author={Chris Wagstaff},
  journal={Journal of Applied Sport Psychology},
  pages={134 - 146}
  • C. Wagstaff
  • Published 26 November 2018
  • Psychology
  • Journal of Applied Sport Psychology
In this epilogue to the special issue of Journal of Applied Sport Psychology on organizational sport psychology, I provide a brief commentary on each of the articles contained within the issue and offer some reflections on the field. In drawing together my reflections on the current state of the field of organizational sport psychology, I offer three pressing observations relating to the need for intervention work, the need for greater duty of care, and the need for practitioner action. 
Toward an Integrated Understanding of the Youth Sport System
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Psychology and Psychologists in Search of an Identity: What and Who are we, and Why Does It Matter?
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A Framework of Single-Session Problem-Solving in Elite Sport: A Longitudinal, Multi-Study Investigation
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Self-Talk: Mentoring and Empowering Faculty to Contribute to Organizational Change
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A repeated-measures examination of organizational stressors, perceived psychological and physical health, and perceived performance in semi-elite athletes
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Sport medicine and sport science practitioners' experiences of organizational change
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