The Effect Sports Psychology has on a Young Athlete

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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, 1978:2) However, it can …

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…that sports are a way for people to release their aggression. However, they still have not been able to fully eliminate the violence in sports. Psychologists are also working on new methods for motivating athletes because some athletes are harder to motivate that 14 others. Even though there are these unresolved issues in sport psychology, the future of psychology in sports, especially youth sports, looks to be on a very progressive track with many new discoveries.