Journal of Sport Behavior Vol. 37, No. 3, September 2014

Publisher: Psychology Department, University of South Alabama
Publisher: Psychology Department, University of South Alabama

An Examination of Sport Fandom in the United Kingdom: A Comparative Analysis of Fan Behaviors, Socialization Processes, and Team Identification
Since Wann and Hamlet (1995) commented upon the lack of literature focused upon the sport fan, there has been a substantial increase in theoretical and empirical research on the subject, leading to considerable advances in knowledge and understanding….

Attentional Focus Strategies of Triathletes during the Ironman World Championships
An Ironnian triathlon is composed of a 3.8k swim, a 180k bike ride and a 42.2k marathon run, all in one event without any rest in between. The world’s best professional athletes complete the distance in less than 8 hours whereas the slowest age group…

Comparing Athletes’ and Their Coaches’ Perceptions of Athletes’ Mental Toughness among Elite Tennis Players
Coaches, sport psychology practitioners, and researchers agree that a fundamental component of success in competitive sport is mental toughness (MT; Clough, Earle, & Sewell, 2002; Crust, 2007; Jones, Hanton, & Connaughton, 2007). MT enables…

Effect of Placebo-Induced Changes in Expectancies on Self-Reported Affect Associated with Yoga Practice
The effect of exercise on affective change is well documented (Petruzzello, Landers, Hatfield, Kubitz, & Salazar, 1991; Reed & Buck, 2009; Reed & Ones, 2006). Common reported exercise-related affective changes include an improved sense…

How Does Crowd Support Contribute to Home Advantage in Soccer?
Home advantage (HA) is the tendency for sporting teams to perform better at their home ground than they do away from home, and its existence has been well established in a wide range of team sports including association football or ‘soccer’ (Nevill…

The Relationship between Youth Sport Specialization, Reasons for Participation, and Youth Sport Participation Motivations: A Retrospective Study
Early youth sport specialization is a growing trend (Baker, 2003; Landers, Carson, & Tjeerdsma-Blankenship, 2010; Wiersma, 2000) and has been defined as the “limiting of participation to one sport that is practiced, trained for, and competed in…
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