Cultural sport psychology as a pathway to advances in identity and settlement research to practice

Robert J. Schinke*, Amy T. Blodgett, Tatiana V. Ryba, San Fu Kao, Thierry R. F. Middleton

*Corresponding author for this work

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Objectives: To situate mostly European cultural sport psychology scholarship in a historical backdrop and then to draw on two recent examples from such scholarship to propose future prospects. 

Design: A review of literature is utilized to situate the recent prominence of cultural sport psychology. This review is written temporally from past, to present, to future prospects. 

Method: A presentation of scholarship is presented temporally relating to the following: (a) gender scholarship, (b) cross cultural voids in race and ethnicity, (c) situating of cultural sport psychology in present day, with the emergence of European scholars, (d) the topics of intersectionality of identity and acculturation are drawn upon to reveal diverse approaches taken in this line of scholarship and practice, and (e) reflections and recommendations are proposed, calling for openness of perspectives and topic areas. 

Results: The presentation of scholarship is intended to serve as a form of advocacy for diverse approaches in cultural sport psychology. This advocacy is exemplified through such terms as cultural praxis and decolonization, beyond a broader call for receptiveness for diverse epistemological approaches. 

Conclusions: Cultural sport psychology is now becoming popular, among both scholars and practitioners. The benefits from such approaches extend beyond advocacy through research to mental health benefits for sport participants and exercisers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)58-65
Number of pages8
JournalPsychology of Sport and Exercise
Early online date21 Sept 2018
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2019


  • cultural sport psychology
  • Europe
  • historical perspectives


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