Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology

Sport, Exercise, and Performance PsychologySport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology is the official publication of the Exercise and Sport Psychology Division (47) of the American Psychological Association. The journal publishes papers in all areas of sport, exercise, and performance psychology for applied scientists and practitioners.

This journal is committed to publishing evidence that supports the application of psychological principles to facilitate peak sport performance, enhance physical activity participation, and achieve optimal human performance. Published papers include experimental studies, correlational studies, evaluation studies, and qualitative research. In addition, historical papers, critical reviews, case studies, brief reports, critical evaluations of policies and procedures, and position statements will be considered for publication.

The journal is divided into three sections.

  • Sport Psychology addresses the interactions between psychology and sport performance, including the psychological aspects of optimal athletic performance, the psychological care and well-being of athletes, coaches, and sport organizations, and the connection between physical and psychological functioning.
  • Exercise Psychology publishes research on the behavioral, social cognitive, and psychobiological antecedents and consequences of physical activity with a focus on the adoption and maintenance of physical activity and its effects on psychological well-being.
  • Performance Psychology focuses on the psychology of human performance, in particular, professions that demand excellence in psychomotor performance (i.e., performing arts, surgery, firefighting, law enforcement, military operations, etc.). Also addressed are work environments in which teamwork and motivation are important to human performance.