Sport psychology in Botswana: a prime breeding ground

Tshube, Tshepang and Hanrahan, Stephanie J. (2016) Sport psychology in Botswana: a prime breeding ground. International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 1-9. doi:10.1080/1612197X.2016.1142462


Author Tshube, Tshepang
Hanrahan, Stephanie J.
Title Sport psychology in Botswana: a prime breeding ground
Journal name International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1557-251X
1612-197X
Publication date 2016-02-08
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/1612197X.2016.1142462
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Start page 1
End page 9
Total pages 9
Place of publication New York, United States
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Abstract The purpose of this article is to give an in-depth account of sport psychology in Botswana. The authors reviewed literature and also used their observations and experiences to describe the emergence of sport psychology in Botswana. A brief historical background of Botswana is presented first, followed by a description of the accessibility to knowledge and international alliances in physical education and sport psychology scholarship within Botswana. One of the crucial areas addressed in this section is the influence of cultural values and practices on the development of sport in Botswana. Young athletes in Botswana may perceive less parental support compared to their counterparts in industrialised nations due to the trivialisation of participation in sport by some parents in Botswana. The next section addresses the role of physical education and sport psychology in Botswana. Even though physical education and sport psychology are new disciplines at the University of Botswana, they play a fundamental role in Botswana's success in international sports. The two Ph.D. trained sport psychologists in the country work with national teams and also engage in collaborative research with acclaimed international scholars. The authors conclude by providing evidence that in Botswana there is clear demand and understanding of what sport psychology is, and its role transcends beyond sport, making major differences in individuals’ personal lives. There is no doubt that Botswana is on the right path and is placed to contribute knowledge to the entire sport psychology world.
Keyword Cultural values
Developing country
Non-communicable diseases
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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