Ibero-American Journal of Exercise and Sports Psychology

LA PSICOLOGÍA DEL DEPORTE EN AMÉRICA DEL SUR: HISTORIA, SITUACIÓN ACTUAL Y PERSPECTIVAS

Abstract

Carlos Ferrés Rial

The main purpose of this article is to present some aspects of the Sport Psychology in South America. The methodology implemented is the biographical search, documents analysis as well as interviews with well known professionals of the sport psychology. In this essay we will present the sport psychology from three different perspectives: a historical analysis, a vision of the present situation and a view of the possible future scene. The records of the Sport Psychology in our continent are rich and varied, starting in the early fifties. Today, we are in a stage of consolidation which we will analyzed from the present situation and its different views based on the various organizations on the area, the training courses available, the production of scientific studies and the legal support in these countries. Finally, we will present a projection of our future which will consolidate our area of expertise. Only knowing our history and with the analysis of our present situation, we will be able to settle a sustained development.

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