Sport and exercise psychology in 2050
Raab, M (2017). Sport and exercise psychology in 2050. German Journal of Exercise and Sport Research. 47 (1), pp. 62-71.
Sport and exercise psychology by definition describes, explains, and predicts human behaviour. Yet exact predictions of human behaviour are more the exception than the rule and thus it is no wonder that sport and exercise psychologists are not able to predict very well who will be a talent or win a gold medal in 10 years. In the same vein, it is somewhat easier to describe scientific endeavours in hindsight or by analysis of the current state of affairs than to predict what a discipline will be like in, say, 2050. Other disciplines that face similar levels of complexity have, however, tested their models on (near) future events, such as the mathematical prediction of president elections, climate change, or which team will win the next soccer World Cup. Some disciplines have even tried to forecast what will be in 2050, for instance, predicting that soccer-playing robots will win an official soccer game against humankind. In this opinion statement about sport and exercise psychology that starts with the current state of affairs in our field, I predict sport and exercise psychology activities and potential successes in 2050, enabling a discussion of our mission as well as goal setting for the coming years.
|Journal||German Journal of Exercise and Sport Research|
|Journal citation||47 (1), pp. 62-71|
|Publisher||Springer in Berlin Heidelberg|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||doi:10.1007/s12662-016-0435-y|
|30 Jan 2017|
|Publication process dates|
|Deposited||22 May 2017|
|Accepted||30 Jan 2017|
|Accepted author manuscript|
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