School Sport Psychology: Perspectives, Programs, and Procedures

School Sport Psychology: Perspectives, Programs, and Procedures

School Sport Psychology: Perspectives, Programs, and Procedures

School Sport Psychology: Perspectives, Programs, and Procedures


Find out how and why sports can help you better understand your students Because participation in sports is an integral part of the educational experience for students in both public and private schools, it's essential that school psychologists and counselors have a solid foundation to help ensure the well-being of student-athletes. School Sport Psychology is a comprehensive overview of this fast-growing field with guidelines for school psychologists who want to gain a better understanding of sport psychology to extend their skills and enhance their effectiveness. The book presents perspectives, programs, and procedures for working with administrators and coaches to help students develop physically, mentally, and emotionally. School Sport Psychology examines the practical interfaces between school and sport psychology, with an emphasis on parent and family involvement. Contributors representing sport psychology, school psychology, and clinical and community disciplines examine the theory, research, and practice of sport psychology and how its evolution parallels the development of school psychology. The book addresses the benefits and risks of using sport to promote the development of self-esteem, identity, and feelings of competence in students. School Sport Psychology examines: evidence-based sport psychology programs, including GOALS, ATLAS, and ATHENA a case study of the design and implementation of a sport psychology program in an urban high school the use and abuse of alcohol and other drugs among high school student-athletes the use and abuse of steroids eating disorders among high school student-athletes a systems-oriented method of school/sport psychology assessment and intervention program planning and evaluation framework the knowledge and skills needed to work in sport psychology and much more School Sport Psychology is an essential professional resource for psychologists, counselors, and health service providers.


Public schools and private schools in the United States and elsewhere are multi-purpose organizations. Therein, a range of individuals and groups are involved in a school’s educational mission, in diverse ways. Among others, these target audiences include students, teachers, parents, school psychologists and other relevant stakeholders, such as athletic coaches and boards of education. Clearly, many programs, services, and activities occur in schools–before, during, and after conventional school hours as well as on weekends.

Participation in sports in schools is an integral part of the educational experiences of students in school systems. Such participation is especially the case at the secondary school level, but involvement in sports has been increasing at the elementary school level.

Through sports in schools, student-athletes typically compete with counterparts from other educational institutions. Concomitantly, human and financial resources are invested in the implementation of these endeavors.

Sports in schools can be explained and justified on educational grounds and particularly in relation to educational philosophy and educational goals. In this regard, the individuals who participate in sports in schools–that is, student-athletes–are said to benefit developmentally from their participation in the physical, mental, and emotional domains. These developmental benefits are reflected by student-athlete outcomes such as learning to discipline oneself to prepare to compete,

[Haworth co-indexing entry note]: “Framework for School Sport Psychology.” Maher, Charles A.
Co-published simultaneously in Journal of Applied School Psychology (The Haworth Press, Inc.) Vol. 21,
No. 2, 2005, pp. 1-7; and: School Sport Psychology: Perspectives, Programs, and Procedures (ed: Charles A.
Maher) The Haworth Press, Inc., 2005, pp. 1-7. Single or multiple copies of this article are available for a fee
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