Preamble of the International Society of Sport Psychology


We, the members of the International Society of Sport Psychology (ISSP) realize that sport needs to be supported and yet protected; supported in terms of scientific, educational, and philosophical information that can promote the most ideal outcomes, but protected against any dangerous threats to morality in sport and the welfare of the competitor.

Sport psychology's mission is such as to make unique contributions with regard to these considerations. Sport psychology as a discipline, as well as a service, is flourishing in certain countries; initiating modest trusts in others. With the number of countries developing more international competitive athletic programs each year, the roles of the ISSP become more apparent and necessary. In many ways, sport is a common denominator among people with diverse political, economic, occupational, and educational backgrounds. Sport, in its many forms and structures, touches directly or indirectly upon the lives of countless people in the world. Sport psychology should help to educate these people about the potential psychological benefits of sport to athletes and observers, to communities, clubs, and countries.

The challenges for the ISSP, broadly speaking, are to:

Such functions ...

are enhanced when efforts among people and countries are integrated and coordinated. Mutual collaborations and understandings depend upon a unifying body or organization. It was with this perception that ISSP was formed in 1965. ISSP encourages sport psychology scientists and field workers from all parts of the world to share ideas and to work together, to advance science as well as to promote excellence and decency in sport. The organization believes in promoting peace and understanding among people from all countries. It will not tolerate any form of discrimination. Through the ISSP such goals can be realized.

The ISSP extends...

its hand to all those psychologists, scientists, educators, coaches, athletes, and anyone else concerned with the advancement of sport psychology in every region in the world.

It also takes initiative in promoting programmatic and scientific activities that can be considered within a broad cultural, political, and geographical mosaic.

The ISSP endorses scholarly activity of individuals as well and the formulation of national and regional organizations oriented to improving the science and services associated with sport psychology. It respects the sovereignty of its individual members and the membership countries represented in ISSP.

Whether initiating or supporting scientific and professional thrusts, ISSP is committed to continually upgrading standards related to sport psychology research, information, services, programs, and guidelines, and ultimately to all kinds of sport and physical activity.

About ISSP

The International Society of Sport Psychology (ISSP) is an organization devoted to promoting research, practice, and development in the discipline of sport psychology throughout the world. The ISSP is a multidisciplinary association of scholars whose research interests focus on some aspects of sport psychology.

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