Authored by: Jaume Cruz Feliu , Alexandre Garcia-Mas

Routledge International Handbook of Sport Psychology

Print publication date:  February  2016
Online publication date:  February  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138022423
eBook ISBN: 9781315777054
Adobe ISBN: 9781317692324


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Sport psychology did not receive international recognition as an independent discipline until the First World Congress of Sport Psychology held in Rome in 1965, despite pioneering efforts by individual scientists or scholars in several countries like Griffith in United States or Puni and Roudik in the former Soviet Union. Two important consequences of this congress were the foundation of the International Society of Sport Psychology (ISSP) and the later appearance, in 1970, of the International Journal of Sport Psychology (Cruz, 1991, 2001). The idea of organizing sport psychology at an international level was planned in Spain, at a Congress of Sport Medicine held in Barcelona in 1963. This was due, as Salmela (1981) pointed out, to the close relationship between sport medicine and sport psychology in Spain. At this congress José María Cagigal, Ferruccio Antonelli and Michel Bouet discussed and shared their common interests in the psychological aspects of sport and emphasized the advantage of organizing an International Congress of Sport Psychology. Two years later, Antonelli organized the First World Congress of Sport Psychology and was elected President. The Spanish psychiatrist Josep Ferrer Hombravella, who had been a member of the Organizing Committee of the Congress, was elected General Secretary.

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