Journal of Sport Behavior

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

Articles from Vol. 35, No. 3, September

Gendered Choices: Mascot Interactions in Minor League Baseball
Prior to 1950 in the United States, sporting events included players, coaches, and spectators. In the 1950's a large, often furry, cartoon-like character became another staple of sporting events, the mascot (Morrill, 2003). Originally implemented to...
Participation Styles in Youth Soccer
The majority of sport pedagogy research conducted to-date has tended to assume or infer that the experiences of all participants in a given instructional context are similar. A small number of critically oriented researchers interested in the ecology...
Student Motivation in Physical Education and Engagement in Physical Activity
The mediating processes paradigm provides a lens for understanding and interpreting how motivational constructs mediate teacher behaviors and student learning. This framework is a "response-oriented" approach that grew out of the unidirectional process-product...
Talent Detection Programs in Sport: The Questionable Use of Psychological Measures
The pressure exerted by sports organizations, sponsors, and, in some countries, by governmental bodies (e.g., Sport Authorities, Olympic Training Centers) on young athletes to be successful sports competitors is greater than ever. Perhaps not surprisingly,...
The Effects of Smiling and Frowning on Perceived Affect and Exertion While Physically Active
"Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy. " These words by the Thich Nhat Hanh, in essence, reflect the mutual relation between 'mind' and 'body' that is central to theories of embodied...
The Motivations of Runners in a Cause-Based Marathon-Training Program
In the late 1980s, the nonprofit sector in the United States introduced a new philanthropic paradigm by combining charitable fundraising with endurance-sport fitness training (King, 2006). Participants in cause-based training programs commit to raise...