What goes around comes around: re-emerging themes in sport and exercise psychology

Res Q Exerc Sport. 2005 Jun;76(2 Suppl):S71-87. doi: 10.1080/02701367.2005.10599291.


Sport and exercise psychology research appearing in Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport (RQES) over the past 75 years can be characterized by re-emerging themes-hot topics in the 1930s remain hot topics now. Re-emerging themes include sportsmanship/moral development, social development/significant others, self-perceptions, attitudes/motivation, modeling/observational learning, emotion/arousal/anxiety, competition/achievement orientations, and gender roles. Although research paradigms and methodologies have changed, these topics have endured. We also identified dominant emergent themes appearing in RQES over the last 25 years: measurement development and validation; physical activity adoption and adherence; and multidisciplinary approaches to psychological issues. Given the many specialty journals and trends toward integrating models and methods from multiple disciplines, we suggest that RQES adopt a multidisciplinary focus for research in the field of kinesiology.

Publication types

  • Historical Article

MeSH terms

  • Exercise / psychology*
  • History, 20th Century
  • Humans
  • Periodicals as Topic
  • Research / history
  • Research / trends*
  • Research Design
  • Sports / psychology*
  • United States