An important look back at Div. 47’s history to recognize people, events and milestones that have contributed to the birth and continued growth of our division. Div. 47 was officially formed in 1986, but the roots of the division go back much further in APA’s history in its attention to the psychology of sports, exercise and physical activity. Since its formal inception in 1986, Div. 47 has bolstered support for the study of sport, exercise and performance psychology within APA, contributed significant and valuable research to the field and encouraged enjoyable physical activity and exercise among APA members.
The resources provided here give a more thorough understanding of the broad scope of Div. 47’s work and its important contributions to sport psychology. In knowing the history of Div. 47, we can better move forward as a division to continue fostering our research and increasing our understanding of the psychology of sports.