What goes around comes around: Re-emerging themes in sport and exercise psychology

Maureen R. Weiss, Diane L. Gill

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Sport and exercise psychology research appearing in Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport (RQES) over the past 75 years can be characterized by re-emerging themes—hot topics in the 1930s remain hot topics now. Re-emerging themes include sportsmanship/moral development, social development/significant others, self-perceptions, attitudes/motivation, modeling/observational learning, emotion/arousal/anxiety, competition/achievement orientations, and gender roles. Although research paradigms and methodologies have changed, these topics have endured. We also identified dominant emergent themes appearing in RQES over the last 25 years: measurement development and validation; physical activity adoption and adherence; and multidisciplinary approaches to psychological issues. Given the many specialty journals and trends toward integrating models and methods from multiple disciplines, we suggest that RQES adopt a multidisciplinary focus for research in the field of kinesiology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S71-S87
JournalResearch Quarterly for Exercise and Sport
StatePublished - Jun 2005


  • Measurement
  • Multidisciplinary
  • Physical activity
  • Research trends


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