Journal of Sport Behavior

This journal focuses on the sociological, psychological and anthropological and their applications to the science of sport.

Articles from Vol. 20, No. 2, June

Abstention from Sex and Other Pre-Game Rituals Used by College Male Varsity Athletes
Some athletes (e.g. Mohammed Ali and Brian Bosworth) believe that sexual activity before an athletic event impaired their performance. Mohammed Ali believed abstention was helpful in that "when you don't get sex for a while, you get mean and angry and...
Cognitive Style in Adolescent Competitive Athletes as a Function of Culture and Gender
Cognitive style consists of psychological, emotional, physiological, and behavioral dispositional characteristics that reflect an individual's perceptions and interactions with, and responses to, the present environment. Because cognitive style often...
Fandom in the 40's: The Integrating Functions of All American Girls Professional Baseball League
A committed sports fan is one who invests time, money, and emotion into a sport. He/she has some knowledge regarding the sport and may experience altering mood states while consuming an event (McPherson, 1975). To these individuals, sport is much more...
Psychological Effects of Strength Training on Children
Strength training is often prescribed as part of a well-rounded exercise program for adults and its popularity among children continues to increase. Previously deemed unsafe and ineffective for children (American Academy of Pediatrics, 1983), strength...
Relation of Athletic Identity to Injury and Mood Disturbance
By the simplest definition, identity answers the question, "Who am I?" Personal identity consists of our sense of placement within the world and the meaning we attach to ourselves within the broader context of human life (Vander Zanden, 1984). Palmer...
The Effect of Visuo-Motor Behavior Rehearsal (VMBR) and Videotaped Modeling on the Free-Throw Performance of Intercollegiate Athletes
Of the techniques developed to enhance athletic performance, mental practice has undoubtedly received the most empirical support. Its theoretical antecedents are traceable to the late nineteenth century, when W.B. Carpenter (1894) postulated the "videomotor...
The Effects of the Win/loss Record on Cohesion
Past researchers have provided us with information concerning cohesion, but it has been limited to psychological explanations within the area of group dynamics. Until recently, the realm of sport has been neglected as a legitimate area worth studying....