Practitioners' perceptions of sport psychology in South Africa

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Abstract:

This study explicates perceptions of relevant, knowledgeable sport psychology stakeholders in South Africa (SA). The study was motivated by three main concerns: first, to contribute towards the growth and development of sport psychology; second, to promote sport psychology theory and praxis; and third, to establish training and competencies within an economically developing context. A purposive sample, originating from two separate studies, involving a total of 10 practitioners, was used. Information was thematically content analysed. Results suggested that practitioners’ perceptions were similar in terms of training, competencies and practice, and different with respect to relative health, research, sport and performance orientations. Unique features included the valuing of culture, diversity, flexibility and adaptability. Structural needs are outlined. Further relevant academic and professional collaboration should considerably advance the contributions of sport psychology at local, national and international level