2002-2003                                                                       Volume VI

                                                   UNCG SPORT & EXERCISE

 -mens sana en corpore sano-                                 Dr. Diane Gill Named Director of:
   a sound mind in a sound
                                                         The NEW Center for Women’s Health and
           Doug Cornish: Editor                               Wellness (CWHW) at UNCG

UNCG Sport & Exercise Psychology is
an annual publication of the Sport and
Exercise Psychology Laboratory at the
                                                        O        n September 13, 2002, the UNC Board of Governors granted
                                                                 approval to establish the Center for Women's Health and Well-
                                                                 ness (CWHW) as an institutional research center at UNCG and
                                                        our own Dr. Diane Gill has been appointed as the director of the center.
Un i v e rs i t y o f No r t h C a r o l i n a          According to Dr. Gill, the CWHW will facilitate ongoing research related
Greensboro. The two-fold mission of                     to women's health and wellness within the School of Health and Human
                                                        Performance, and promote collaborative research across the university,
this publication is to:
                                                        with other institutions, and with community partners.
♦ Summarize current scholarly and                            Given UNCG’s past, present, and future, the CWHW is a perfect fit.
     service projects within the                        From 1891, when it was chartered as the first state-supported school for
     laboratory.                                        the higher education of women in North Carolina, UNCG has empha-
♦ Promote communication with and                        sized women’s education and development. The School of Health and
     among alumni and friends of the                    Human Performance, with its nationally and internationally recognized
     laboratory.                                        graduate programs and emphasis on interdisciplinary, collaborative re-
                                                        search related to women’s health and wellness, is the ideal home for the
                                                        center. Many other faculty and units on campus also address issues re-

                 INDEX                                  lated to women’s health and wellness and are engaged in collaborative
                                                        research and educational programs with HHP faculty. The CWHW
                                                        builds upon our strengths and connections to address issues related to the
Dr. Gill Named Director of CWHW                     1   health and wellness of all women in our community, the state of North
Taking Sport Psychology to the Business Person      2   Carolina, and beyond.
Youth Hockey: Aggression Reduction Program          3                      CWHW Mission Statement
Mexican Olympian Project                            4       The mission of the Center for Women's Health and Wellness is to
AAASP Alumni Social                                 5
                                                        advance the understanding of the health and wellness of all women
                                                        through collaborative research and educational programs. The
Taking PST to the Court                             5
                                                        CWHW has a strong emphasis on the promotion of positive health,
Where Are They Now?                                 6   quality of life and sense of well-being for girls and women of all ages,
Test Of Performance Strategies (TOPS)               7   from all backgrounds and communities.
Parents’ Roles In Tennis Success                    8                             CWHW GOALS
Lab On The Road                                     9   ♦ To promote and enhance ongoing research within the School of HHP
New Athletics Logos                                10   related to women's health and wellness,
CWHW-Related Research                              11   ♦ To foster collaborative research on women's health and wellness
Cultural Competence In Physical Activity           11
                                                        within the School, within the University, with other institutions, and with
                                                        community partners, and
Physical Activity and Well-being                   12
                                                        ♦ To disseminate research-based information on women's health and
Kate R. Barrett Award Recipient                    13   wellness to researchers/scholars, practicing professionals, and the general
Graduate Student Projects Supervised by Dr. Gill   13   public.
Scholarly Work                                     14
                                                                       See Page 11 for CWHW-related research!

                             SPORT PSYCHOLOGY LABORATORY
                                                  From the Desk of Dr. Gould

             Taking Sport Psychology to the                       must deal with these adverse conditions while pursuing peak
                                                                  performance. Because of this similarity, these two groups
                    Businessperson:                               can benefit from developing similar skills or tools. These
            Experiences and Lessons Learned                       include goal setting, developing teamwork, stress manage-
              An Interview with Dan Gould, PhD                    ment, building confidence, and dealing with ‘overtraining.’
                       By Sarah Carson
                                                                  “The similarities between working with athletes

    G            o to any sport psychology conference and you
                 will hear participants discussing the idea of
                 transferring skills and concepts used in sport
    psychology consultation to areas outside of sport. In
                                                                  and with business people exist not only in the par-
                                                                  allel goals of excelling in one’s performance, but
                                                                  also in the paths that need to be taken to achieve
    fact, the December 2002 issue of the Journal of Applied
    Sport Psychology recently highlighted some of the di-         these goals.”
    rections people in our field have been taking their
    knowledge; applying it to other groups seeking perform-
    ance excellence in areas beyond sport. The business                Of course, differences also exist between the two
    world has been one of these places where those in-            worlds. Some examples include differences in the language,
    volved have benefited from working with ‘coaches’             greater funding and resources available to the business peo-
    who have recognized the link between business and             ple, and the politics involved.
    sport and have been able to transfer many of the sport             Even with the many similarities that exist, a consultant
    psychological concepts to the business place.                 cannot simply bring what he or she knows and does with
          Recently, Dan Gould has done just this; he has          athletes to the business world without preparation and some
    brought his consulting experiences to several business        modification. To prepare himself for working with this new
    groups. Locally, Gould has presented workshops at             population, Dan spent much time familiarizing himself with
    UNCG’s Bryan School’s Program for Management                  business through reading texts from the industry, talking to
    Development. He has also taken his consulting to New          those in business, and considering lessons he had learned as
    York investment bankers and to a workshop for a phar-         a coach himself (graduate advisor) and as a coachee. Even
    maceutical company through work for the England-              with years of consulting experience and much preparation,
    based Lane 4 group. His involvement began with a cer-         Dr. Gould admitted, “I felt pretty nervous. I mean I was
    tain curiosity about the directions in which the field of     nervous when I went up [to NY]…I knew I could do my
    sport psychology was expanding. He explained, “the            deal, but I didn’t know if my deal was the deal they needed.”
    reason why I wanted to try expanding beyond sport was         He added, “it’s somebody’s profession and you’re worried
    to see…from an educational point of view if there is          about giving some bad advice. But, as I did two or three
    transfer [from sport to the business world].” He contin-      sessions I saw a lot of the skills that I had developed in one
    ued, “I wasn’t sure how much would transfer…it was a          context seemed to be effective in the other context.” Some-
    little bit like an experiment.” Through his experiences,      thing that helped him further develop his consulting skills in
    Dan has concluded that there is a useful transfer and that    business was his constant attempt to “suck-up knowledge.”
    many similarities exist in working as a sport psychology      You can learn great things from reading about an industry,
    consultant and as a business performance coach.               but you can also learn valuable lessons from operating
          The similarities between working with athletes and      within a context and not being afraid to ask questions from
    with business people exist not only in the parallel goals     those involved. Gould explained that doing this will help
    of excelling in one’s performance, but also in the paths      make you a great consultant with any group.
    that need to be taken to achieve these goals. For exam-            This learning process is just one piece of advice Dan
    ple, Gould explained that in both areas, the performers       shared when talking about pursuing this line of consulting.
    tend to be working under time pressures. Whether it is        Dr. Gould also suggested being on the hunt for information
    the upcoming championship or the deadline at the end          from business that can transfer back to sport. His own inter-
    of the week, both the athlete and the businessperson
                                                                                                            (Continued on page 10)

                        An Emotional Control Program to Reduce
                            Aggression in Youth Ice Hockey
                            A grant sponsored by The USA Hockey Foundation
                                       Written by: Larry Lauer, M.S.

H           ockey is a fast-paced, high-intensity sport that
            involves players skating nearly 20 mph and
            shooting pucks over 80 mph. Moreover, it is a
tough game played in a confined space leading to much
physical contact. Due to the nature of the game, many
                                                             periods: baseline, treatment, and post-treatment, each
                                                             lasted approximately seven weeks. One team was des-
                                                             ignated as the “treatment” team and received the emo-
                                                             tional control program during the treatment phase. The
                                                             other team served as the control and received the pro-
physical-contact injuries and penalties are unavoidable.     gram at the end of the season. Thus, changes in aggres-
Recently, however, there has been a concern that aggres-     sive and emotionally controlled behavior were meas-
sive acts of youth hockey players are leading to decreased   ured between the two teams and within each team
performance, and more importantly, an increase in injuries   across time. The research team also obtained self-
(Lorentzen, Werden, & Pietila, 1988; Widmeyer &              reports from the head coach and players relative to per-
McGuire, 1993). Additionally, on-ice aggression in cer-      formance, intensity of emotions, aggressive behavior,
tain cases has inflamed emotional par-                                          and success using emotional control
ents and coaches to off-ice violence       “The ultimate goal of this strategies. Currently, we are analyz-
(i.e., the Junta case where a youth-                                            ing the data from this project.
hockey father killed another father, is USA Hockey Foundation                        The ultimate goal of this USA
a prime example). Finally, players                                              Hockey Foundation study is to teach
may be learning aggressive behaviors study is to teach players to players to control their emotions on-
that possibly stay with them through-                                           ice and restructure the manner in
out their lives.                           control their emotions               which they think about situations that
      Inappropriate aggression by play-                                         frequently result in aggression. Hence,
ers, coaches, and spectators has lim-
                                           on-ice…..”                           the motto for this program is “Playing
ited the growth of hockey and com-                                              tough, but clean hockey.” The practi-
promised the safety of its participants. USA Hockey has      cal implications of this study include a “Playing tough,
done an excellent job in educating its members about the     but clean hockey” brochure that will be developed and
negative consequences of aggression. Nonetheless, a need     distributed throughout USA Hockey to youth players,
exists to teach players how to play intensely, but not ag-   coaches, and parents. Additionally, an emotional control
gressively. Therefore, in the summer of 2002, the USA        curriculum may be developed and integrated into the
Hockey Foundation provided the UNCG Sport and Exer-          USA Hockey Coaching Education Program. However,
cise Psychology Laboratory with a grant to investigate the   the most important outcome will be teaching players
effectiveness of an emotional control program to reduce      emotional control strategies that they can use in hockey
aggression in youth ice hockey. Specifically, the emo-       and life. Then, hockey will become an even more excit-
tional control program took place over seven weeks; it       ing and safe experience for youth hockey players
involved seven sessions where members of the research        around the country.
team met with the players on and off the ice, and included
the following objectives: empathy and compassion for
opponents, education on the differences between aggres-
sive and assertive behaviors, education on emotions and
developing emotional toughness, controlled breathing,
centering, thought stopping, refocusing cues, and, an on-
ice 3 R’s (act, relax, refocus) routine.
      The design of this emotional control study was to
videotape two Bantam (12-14 years old) ice hockey teams
over a full season. A member of the research team coded
the data into predetermined categories of aggressive be-
havior. In addition, opportunities to be aggressive, de-
noted as times when a participant is aggressed upon, were
inspected. The season was divided into three time-
                                                                          Larry Lauer instructs the participants.

                                                                  in oneself, believing that medaling was a realistic possibil-
     FACTORS AFFECTING THE PER-                                   ity, having the right equipment, having enough time to ad-
    FORMANCE OF MEXICAN ATHLE-                                    just to time differences, possessing strong team chemistry,
      LETES AND COACHES AT THE                                    having a strong coach relationship, trusting the wisdom of
                                                                  one’s coach, perceiving fair coaching decisions, receiving
             2000 SYDNEY                                          support from family and friends, practicing at the competi-
              OLYMPICS                                            tive venue, and participating in previous international com-
                                                                  petitions. Negative performance influences included lack-
                      Written by: Cristina Rolo                   ing confidence, losing composure, not having the ability to
                                                                  adjust to tactical situations, not having a plan to deal with
                                                                  distractions, having a disrupted pre-performance routine,

                                                                  experiencing problems with equipment, not having a posi-
               tarting with the seminal work of Orlick and                                         tive team leader, lacking
               Partington (1987), several studies have       “The knowledge that                   team chemistry, experiencing
               examined factors that are associated with                                           athlete-coach conflicts, and
    the performance success of Olympic athletes and          emerged from this family of perceiving coaches’ lack of
    coaches at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games, 1998                                                 commitment to success. Re-
    Nagano Winter Games, and 2000 Sydney Olympic
                                                             studies may help athletes
                                                                                                   sults revealed that factors
    Games. While these results have provided a better        better prepare for Olympic perceived by coaches as hav-
    understanding of the wide variety of factors athletes                                          ing influenced their and their
    and coaches identify as performance influences, only events…”                                  athletes’ Olympic perform-
    North American athletes have been examined thus                                                ance included: athletes’ con-
    far. Therefore, the degree to which these findings gener-     fidence and belief that medaling was a realistic possibility,
    alize to other cultures is unknown.                           adjusting tactically during competitions, pressure to win,
          To rectify this state of affairs, we conducted an       having plans to deal with distractions, positive family sup-
    investigation designed to examine factors that Mexican        port and team trials disruptions. Many of these factors were
    Olympians and coaches perceived influenced their per-         triangulated across the athlete survey data (Fink, Rolo, Tay-
    formances at the 2000 Sydney Summer Olympic                   lor, Jannes, & Gould, 2003).
    Games.                                                             When results were compared and contrasted to that of
         Cristina Fink, Mexican Olympic Committee sport           previous U.S. Olympian research (Gould, Greenleaf, Gui-
    psychologist and key collaborator on the project, trans-      nan, & Chung, 2002; Gould et al, 2002), numerous differ-
    lated and administered a slightly modified version of a       ences were evident in media-related factors influencing
    “factors influencing performance” survey developed            performance, with Mexican coaches noting a more negative
    and used in our previous studies of U.S. Olympians and        impact. This is most likely the case because of Mexican
    coaches. Twenty-eight out of 70 (33%) Sydney Mexi-            lack of training in the area. Relative to coaching perform-
    can Olympians (14 males, 14 females) representing 11          ance, respondents indicated that being unprepared for crisis
    different sports returned the surveys. The sample in-         situations, transportation difficulties, and keeping things
    cluded 3 medalists (10.7%) and 25 non-medalists               simple and focused were some of the factors perceived as
    (89.3%). Eleven Olympi-                                           having a great impact. Most noteworthy was the finding
    ans (39.3%) placed in the “Most noteworthy was the                that sport psychological consulting services were per-
    top 8 positions at the                                            ceived as having a high positive impact on performance.
    Games and have received finding that sport psycho-                Many of the same factors were found to influence per-
    certificates. Fourteen          logical consulting services       formance. For example, confidence, trusting one’s
    Mexican coaches from            were perceived as having a coach, and losing composure were found to be similar
    Sydney Games who rep- high positive impact on per- influences across cultures. However, some differences
    resented six different                                            did emerge. Mexican athletes were more positively in-
    sports were also sampled formance.”                               fluenced by viewing the Olympics as a once-in-a-life-
    and returned the surveys.                                     time opportunity, believing medaling was a realistic possi-
         Coaches and athletes indicated whether 108 poten-        bility, and having one’s venue near the village. Generally,
    tial performance influencing factors were experienced,        when compared to their U.S. counterparts, Mexican Olym-
    and rated (0 = not at all an influence, 10 = extreme in-      pians perceived similar factors influenced their Sydney
    fluence) the degree that each factor influenced their         Olympic performance. While some differences were evi-
    Olympic performance. Results revealed that a large            dent, these were relatively small. Moreover, as with the
    number of factors were perceived to influence perform-        previous U.S. research, a large number of diverse factors
    ance.                                                         were perceived to influence performance.
         Factors perceived by athletes to positively influence         These cross-cultural findings are encouraging as they
    performance included such things as having confidence
                                                                                                             (Continued on page 10)

                            AAASP HAPPENINGS
  “Tricks and Treats With The Alumni ”                                        “Taking PST to the Court”
          By Cindra Kamphoff, M.S. (2000)                                          By: Cristina Rolo, M.S.

     One memorable Halloween evening in Tucson, Arizona,                Approximately 30 people participated in the 2002
ghosts were haunting and wearwolves were howling because            Association for the Advancement of Applied Sport Psy-
AAASP was in town. Inside the little Mexican restaurant,            chology (AAASP) pre-conference workshop: “Taking it
Javelina’s Cantina, we were doing some howling of our               to the Court: a Hands-On Applied Sport Psychology
own. To no surprise, laughing and joking hysterically was           Consulting Experience in Tennis.” This workshop took
the atmosphere of the UNCG AAASP social. Whether we                 place in Tucson, Arizona October 30th 2002, and was
cheered when Charlie Brown arrived in a gorilla costume             conducted by Dan Gould, Cristina Rolo, Larry Lauer,
(did that really happen, or was I dreaming?), or when the           Yongchul Chung, and Russell Medbery.
current students and alumni pitched jokes back and forth, the           The idea to conduct this workshop emerged after my
AAASP alumni social is always guaranteed to be a good               participation at the Mental Skills and Drills workshop
time for everyone. This year there were approximately               conducted by Gould, Dieffenbach, Chung, Lauer, &
thirty current students and alumni all packed into three ta-        Damarjian in Nashville, Tennessee in October, 2000. The
bles. This provided us a cozy place to get to know each             workshop was conceived to teach mental skills and drills
other even better.                                                  such as developing confidence, concentration/focus, mo-
     Each time I attend the AAASP social, I am reminded of          tivation, group cohesion, and stress management in off-
how indebted I am to so many of the alumni. I arrived at            field/classroom situations. Experiential learning took
UNCG in 1998 and immediately was taken under the wings              place using examples from a variety of sports.
of several Ph.D. students, including Justine Reel, Christy              Although all participants enjoyed the workshop, some
Greenleaf, and Kristen Dieffenbach – whom on any given              participants shared that they had difficulty imagining
Halloween could easily be                                                          how to take what they had learned to the
mistaken for Charlie’s An-                                                         actual field or court. Taking into considera-
gels. They taught me so                                                            tion the former, and the fact that the USTA
many valuable lessons about                                                        skills and drills study (Gould et al., 1999)
classes, research, consulting,                                                     emphasized the importance of integrating
and writing while making it                                                        mental skills into practice settings, made
look so easy. Whenever I                                                           me aware of the need to take the next step.
had questions, they would                                                          That is, to conduct a similar workshop, but
drop everything to help me.                                                        in an on-court setting, to demonstrate how
From the time I was terribly                                                       to integrate mental skills and drills in prac-
overwhelmed with frustra-                                                          tice.
tion trying to recruit enough subjects for my thesis (they told        Because I am passionate about tennis, and some of the
me this happens to everyone – does it really?), to when they        graduate students in our program share the same passion,
thought it would be a good idea for me to be a jester for Hal-      they agreed to provide such an opportunity to sport psy-
loween given my lively personality.                                 chologists, coaches and other professionals.
     Each year I attend the AAASP conference, I am so                  Most of the on-court drills used in this workshop were
proud to represent UNCG. I always meet more friendly                developed as part of a grant for the USTA from 1996-
alumni (yes, I said friendly) and I am encouraged by how            1999. The workshop provided a stage to demonstrate
they are progressing professionally. It is refreshing to see        how mental skills training can be integrated into on-court
the success of UNCG graduates and relieving to know that            practice. The objectives were to teach participants to in-
all of this hard work will pay off someday.                         tegrate, and lead mental skills and drills on the court, to
     Given UNCG alumni’s success in the field, Halloween            develop confidence, motivation, teamwork, and stress
may not be the only opportunity for me to be a sport psy-           management. Guidelines for developing and integrating
chologist. Hopefully I’ll successfully finish my Ph.D. – keep       on-court mental skills, as well as guidelines to conduct
your fingers crossed for me!                                        effective on-court mental skills training sessions were
      I am confident that all of you have had similar experi-       addressed.
ences to mine. In fact, I know several of you have and feel            The workshop was a big success even before it started.
grateful for the students before you.                               We had a limit of 15 participants due to the applied na-
                                            (Continued on page 8)                                             (Continued on page 6)

    (AAASP Tennis Workshop: from page 5)
    ture of this workshop. Because of the numerous requests
    received from people interested in the subject, we ended
                                                                         Where Are They Now?
    up conducting the workshop with twice as many partici-             Karen Collins, Yongchul Chong, Kristen Dieffenbach
    pants. Although it went well, the large number of partici-                        Wrtten By: Doug Cornish
    pants decreased the actual practice time for each partici-
    pant in some of the skills and drills.
         According to the oral and written feedback from par-        UNCG’s Sport Psychology program has seen its share of
    ticipants, the workshop was considered a great success.          alumni who were excellent students and colorful charac-
    The overall quality of the workshop was rated as excellent,      ters with unique personalities. These three fit that bill!
    and participants were satisfied. Additionally, participants      Karen KC Collins:
    considered that the workshop did contribute very much for             She is an assistant professor in the Department of
    their professional effectiveness.                                Kinesiology at the University of New Hampshire, where
         The following quotes illustrate some of the concepts        she teaches the Sport Studies option, which includes such
    and skills participants learned during the workshop that         courses as Principles of Coaching, Athletic Administra-
    they considered will benefit them professionally: “The           tion, Social Issues in Contemporary Sport and the Sport
    actual techniques and approaches to use in direct/on-the-        Industry and is geared toward students who are interested
    field interventions with athletes;” and “The idea of incor-      in school and college athletics.
    porating drills rather than doing them in an office.”                 UNH is a "mid major" Division I university located
         When asked to list the best aspects of this workshop,       near the seacoast with approximately 11, 000 students.
    participants appreciated the “Practical hands-on approach;”           “I am very happy at New Hampshire. Not only am I
    “Getting the opportunity to see these drills in action;”         back in my beloved New England and close to my family,
    “Different presenters with creative ideas;” “Learning drills     but I have the opportunity to balance teaching and re-
    to incorporate into mental skills training,” and “The con-       search.” She also claims that the most exciting part of her
    cepts were transferable.”                                        new job is the new coaching minor, which she hopes will
         When asked what things they would change about this         grow and produce some quality coaches.
    workshop, participants answered “More preface of as-                  Currently for her research agenda she is continuing
    sumptions regarding knowledge base and previous experi-          along the lines of Coaching/Coaching Education, and she
    ence of players;” “Some comments on how to debrief play-         plans on beginning a coaching education assessment pro-
    ers/coaches after exercises.”                                    ject in the state of New Hampshire with Russ Medbery
         Relative to possible ways to improve upon this presen-      (another UNCG Sport Psych Lab alum). Karen had this
    tation, participants made four suggestions: (1) More hands-      say about her new career experience, “So far, UNH has
    on workshops should be conducted (2) It would be good to         been a good fit for me. I am looking forward to a summer
    apply these concepts across sports (3) A new sport could         full of productivity.” And we will be looking forward to
    be emphasized every year. (4) It would be helpful in the         reading about it.
    future to address how to change exercises for group and          Yongchul Chong:
    individual sports. It is evident that participants were ex-         Yong now works for North Carolina A&T State Univer-
    cited with the workshop content and the possibilities they       sity as an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department
    create.                                                          of Human Performance and Leisure Studies.
          The next step is to provide to coaches, sport psy-            This past year Yong taught both undergraduate and
    chologists, and other professionals another tool to help         graduate sport psychology and measurement courses.
    them to integrate diverse skills and drills on the tennis        This summer, Yong will be teaching summer swimming
    court. In order to make this happen, a USTA mental skills        courses before teaching sport psychology, measurement
    and drills book is being edited by Dr. Gould and Larry           and evaluation courses next fall.
    Lauer which will be available to the public next year.              The new Adjunct Assistant Professor is currently writ-
                                                                     ing several grants. One major program for which Yong is
                                                                     pursuing grant money is HOPE, a program that empha-
                                                                     sizes life-skills development through sport participation.
                                                                     Yong is trying to implement Steve Danish’s SUPER pro-
                                                                     gram in Korea; this could be made possible with money
                                                                     from the Korean Research Foundation. Finally, Yong is
                                                                     writing an Applied Sport Psychology book, which he
                                                                     hopes to fund with part of a recent writing grant received
                                                                     by his father. During the summer, Yong will visit Korea,
                                                                     where he will spend some time at home and present at the
                                                                     Asian South-Pacific Association of Sport Psychology
           Dan, Larry, Cristina, Russ, and Yong   deliver at AAASP
                                                                                     (Yongchul Chong and Kristen Dieffenbach, page 10)

                                                               letes from 28 sports completed surveys. Inspection of the
                                                               standardized discriminant function coefficients revealed that
 ELITE SPORT PERFORMERS: THE TEST OF                           imagery, emotional control, and automaticity contributed
       PERFORMANCE STRATEGIES                                  most to the discriminant function. Specifically, while
                                                               medalists indicated greater emotional control and automatic-
               Written by, Marc Taylor, M.S.
                                                               ity than non-medalists, higher imagery scores prevailed for
                                                               non-medalists than medalists.

                                                                    Standardized discriminant function coefficients showed
           ver the past two years, the UNCG Applied Sport that self-talk and emotional control made the most signifi-
           Psychology Laboratory has been investigating cant contributions to the separation between groups. Medal-
           the psychological skills and strategies of elite ists reported greater emotional control and demonstrated
sport performers, ranging from U.S. Olympic performers greater use of positive self-talk than non-medalists.
at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games to promising young                 The discriminant analyses, then, successfully distin-
figure skaters competing within the U.S. Figure Skating guished between medalists and non-medalists, in both com-
Association. Although sport psychology scholars have petition and practice – suggesting that medalists generally
developed several instruments in an effort to identify the possess superior psychological skills and strategies, in both
fundamental attributes of peak performance (e.g., POMS; practice and competitive environments, than non-medalists.
McNair, Lorr, and Droppleman, 1971; PSIS: Mahoney, This finding reflects a recurring theme in the sport psychol-
Gabriel, and Perkins, 1987; ASCI-28: Smith, Schutz, ogy literature identifying fundamental psychological differ-
Smoll, and Ptacek, 1995), none of these measures account ences between more and less successful performers and
for psychological skills and strategies that athletes utilize teams (e.g., Gould and Weiss, 1981; Gould, Guinan,
in preparation for as well as engagement in competition. Greenleaf, Medbery, and Peterson, 1999; Greenleaf, Gould,
This surprising fact explains                                         and Dieffenbach, 2001). This study provided a clear
our interest in the Test of Per-                                      indication of the TOPS psychometric strengths and
                                  “The TOPS appears to be a
formance Strategies (TOPS:                                            weaknesses, and it appears that its potentials far out-
Thomas, Hardy, and Murphy, promising instrument for as-               weigh its limitations. However, future research should
1999), which evaluates ath- sessing the use of several im-            continue to refine its psychometric properties. With
letes’ use of 16 psychological                                        this in mind, we are currently engaged in a second
skills, including 8 competition portant psychological skills in major project examining the psychological skills and
subscales and 8 practice sub- athletes, both in competition strategies of U.S. junior and novice figure skaters.
scales.                                                                Performance Strategies of More and Less success-
     The TOPS appears to be and practice environments.”                          ful U.S. National Figure Skaters
a promising instrument for assessing the use of several              A purpose of the current study is to differentiate be-
important psychological skills by athletes, both in compe- tween more and less successful junior and novice skaters at
tition and practice environments. However, its reliability the US National Championships. A second purpose of the
and validity have been shown in only one investigation. project is strictly applied in nature: athletes were provided
With further support of its validity, this instrument may with their scores on each subscale of the TOPS, along with
emerge as a useful assessment tool for assessing psycho- specific instructions for using the information to develop a
logical skills and strategies used during practice and com- psychological skills training program to enhance their skat-
petition. With this, our lab has employed the TOPS in ing performance and experience.
two major projects: the first of which investigated the psy-         The sample consists of 118 figure skaters that partici-
chological skills and strategies of more and less successful pated in a recent national competition. Preliminary analyses
U.S. athletes at the Sydney Olympic Games, and the sec- suggest several trends identifying possible psychological
ond which is currently investigating the psychological differences between more and less successful competitors, as
skills and strategies of more and less successful junior and well as several possible differences between novice- and
novice U.S. figure skaters.                                    junior-level athletes. Conclusive results await final analysis.
   Performance Strategies of U.S. Medalists and Non-                Continued research with the TOPS and other psycho-
            medalists at the 2000 Sydney Games                 logical instruments can be used not only to better illustrate
      The purpose of the first study (Taylor, Gould & the psychology of elite performance, but can also contribute
Rolo, submitted) was to further investigate the internal to the larger challenge of revealing the multitude of factors
reliability of the TOPS, as well as its ability to differenti- influencing elite performance. Not only is this a supreme
ate medal status in an elite sample of athletes from the challenge for sport science researchers who will undoubtedly
2000 Sydney Olympic Games. It was hypothesized that have to collaborate to achieve this goal, but it will also call
medalists would report higher overall scores on the TOPS for multiple methods of investigation, whereas the tradi-
than non-medalists.                                            tional reductionistic approach to science, however necessary,
      The sample consisted of 176 U.S. athletes who par- may alone be an insufficient means to an end.
ticipated in the 2000 Sydney Summer Olympics. Ath-

                                                                  focus groups were both audiotaped and videotaped, and a
     The USTA Research Grant Proposal:                            debriefing was given at the end of each session. The data
    Understanding the Role Parents Play in                        was transcribed and coded to text using the videotape and
                                                                  audiotapes of each focus group.
               Tennis Success                                            Phase 2 involved the collection of 132 surveys out of
                    Written by: Caroline Jannes.                  a total of 250 coaches that attended the USA Tennis High
                                                                  Performance Competition Training Center Coaches Work-
                                                                  shop in Key Biscayne in January. The purpose of this

                                                                  phase was to generalize the findings of Phase 1 across a
                any top American junior tennis players recog-     broader, more diverse sample of coaches. A questionnaire,
                nize the importance their parents played in their based on literature findings and information from Phase 1,
                tennis experience. Research findings show that    was developed to examine parental issues in junior tennis.
    some of the most successful American Olympic champi-          The items focused on identifying the coaches’ perceptions
    ons had parents who were highly involved in their sport       of parent-child interaction problems in junior tennis, posi-
    experience, provided support, and instilled confidence,       tive parental behaviors in junior tennis, problems, or road-
    discipline and success attitudes (Gould, Dieffenbach, &       blocks coaches deal in the relationships with junior tennis
    Moffet, 2002, in press). They directly or indirectly influ-   parents, the importance of junior tennis parents behaviors,
    enced motivation, a variety of affective states, such as      and the usefulness of strategies for working with junior
    satisfaction and anxiety, and played an important role in     tennis parents. Data was analyzed with descriptive statis-
    athletic development. However, coaches report frequently      tics and discriminant analyses.
    that a group of parents have unintentional, but negative              We are currently entering phase 3. Phase 3 is de-
    effects on player development. Unfortunately, little re-      signed to provide an in-depth examination of parental in-
    search exists examining tennis parenting issues, such as      volvement in the development of top-level tennis players
    effective and ineffective tennis parenting strategies, opti-  by retrospectively interviewing eight top-100 American
    mal parental push, problems coaches perceive relative to      junior players, one of their parents, and a coach. The
    interacting with tennis parents, and strategies for maxi-     method used will be semi-structured, in-depth interviews
    mizing the facilitation of an effective player/ coach/ parent focusing on the role of their parents in their tennis career.
    partnership.                                                  Interview guides, based on literature on talent develop-
         The US Tennis Association (USTA) has the intention       ment and sport parenting, and results from Phase 1 and
    of educating both coaches and                                           Phase 2, will be used. The player interview will
    parents on parenting issues, and       “There is a further need begin with general questions about the athlete’s
    has issued a book for appropriate
    parenting child and adolescent         to better understand the career, will further investigate how parents were
                                                                            involved in their career and their parent’s behav-
    tennis players. There is a further     role that parents play in iors toward them, and will focus on how parents
    need to better understand the role                                      interacted with their child according to Bloom’s
    that parents play in tennis success. tennis success.”                   (1985) career phases. Coach and parent interviews
    Moreover, the USTA wants to                                             will be completed for each case following the cor-
    create an understanding of the influences of positive pa-     responding player interview. In general, the coach and
    rental behavior and wants to learn from the best possible     parent interviews will follow the same interview guide
    parent-player-coach partnership. The USTA issued a grant      format.
    to the UNCG Sport and Exercise Psychology Lab to in-                 From this 3-phase investigation into the role of junior
    vestigate effective and ineffective tennis parenting behav-   tennis parents we hope to develop positive parenting
    iors, problems coaches perceive in interacting with tennis    guidelines, and to assist the US Tennis Association in their
    parents, and making recommendations to maximize suc-          mission to develop great and healthy junior tennis players.
    cess in tennis via effective partnership between player,
    parent, and coach. The study encompasses three phases,
    and will be conducted from the Fall of 2002 until the         (Tricks and Treats from page 5)
    Spring of 2004.                                               It is amazing how much the UNCG alumni create a family
         In November, Phase 1 began; focus groups were con-       atmosphere whenever they get together, even when it’s
    ducted at an USA Tennis High Performance Coaching             not Halloween. You instantly feel at home even if you
    Program in Atlanta. Six focus groups were conducted with      only know a few people (or gorillas) in the room. This is
    a total of 24 top junior tennis coaches. The purpose of this  exactly how the alumni social in Tucson was, a family
    phase was to identify the coaches’ perspectives of the role   gathering. The social was a perfect way to spend Hallow-
    parents have in tennis success. Questions examined posi-      een night. We got tricks and treats, like when Kaori Araki
    tive and negative behaviors of parents toward their child     called Larry Lauer “my hairy husband” (I think a few peo-
    player, optimal parental push, positive and negative paren-   ple actually thought they were married)! See you all next
    tal behaviors toward the coach, and useful strategies that    year – I’ll be the one wearing the jester outfit or the sport
    coaches could use to inform or educate the parents. All       psychologist costume!

                                                                  ders and different ethnic groups, and with many useful per-
              Lab on the Road:                                    spectives on the role of parents in tennis success. All
               Focus Groups                                       coaches agreed on the necessity of the research, and we had
                                                                  the impression that our interviews were a reason for further
               Atlanta, 2002                                      discussion between coaches during their workshop. Both
                Written by: Caroline Jannes                       Dan and Larry investigated the positive and negative behav-
                                                                  iors parents have in guiding their tennis playing child, opti-
     On Wednesday November 13th, Larry Lauer, Cristina            mal parental push and strategies to improve the relationship
Rolo, and I got into the official UNCG Pontiac and made           between player, parent and coach. While Dan was more
our way to Atlanta, Georgia, to conduct six focus groups          directly guiding the groups, probing for specific and new
with 24 junior tennis coaches. Four travel bags, the lab          information, Larry carefully involved every interviewee and
notebook, and our precious research material were safely          dealt diplomatically with opposing ideas between the group
hidden in the back of our car. While we were sharing in-          members. In the meantime, Cristina and I were avidly scrib-
ternational trivia and USA Hockey project anecdotes, we           bling all information on our note sheets and checking the
smoothly made our way through the Peach State closely             taping times. After each interview, there was time for con-
following all Mapquest directions. We arrived six hours           cluding feedback with the coaches, and a second round of
later at the Hilton Hotel in Atlanta, welcomed by Dan who         feedback between us.
already checked out all facilities for research and daily              Along with to the focus groups, Dan also delivered a
activities such as the pool and exercise room.                    two-hour presentation on teaching psychological skills to
     Before we finally got in the car that drove us to At-        junior tennis players at the Racquet Club. While the first
lanta, a lot of work was done to prepare the six focus            part was an overall presentation on the mental skills in the
group interviews. For weeks on end, we had our weekly             conference room, the second part was an enjoyable work-
Wednesday meeting to finalize the themes and questions            shop on the tennis courts. Dan was now explaining some of
guide. Our individual tacit knowledge was combined to             the skills, getting the coaches involved with some warming
come up with the best questions, and each of us had a spe-        up exercises, and demonstrating (via energetic Cristina and
cific area of literature to scan for additional ideas. All tap-   Larry) the use of positive rephrasing. The coaches saw the
ing material such as four audio recorders, two video cam-         benefits of the use of mental skills as Cristina and Larry
eras and a lot of tapes were gathered, and we trained be-         both overcame their challenging moments of adversity
forehand with Doug to avoid any unwelcome recording               through the use of mental skills. As a camerawoman, I tried
problems. Larry also trained to lead focus groups and             to record the fast tennis movements of guinea pig Cristina
probe for in-depth ideas, while Dan was refreshed his in-         and every instant joke by Dan. After all the hard work, we
terview skills. Sarah Carson, Cristina and I further pre-         took some time in the afternoon to try out the tennis courts,
pared interview guides, interviewee forms with demo-              hotel exercise room and hotel pool.
graphic variables, consent forms, and secretary note
     After we dropped our personal belongings in our
rooms, we went looking for the officials of the US Tennis
Association (USTA). We immediately found Paul Lub-
bers and his assistant, Lisette, who showed us the two
rooms where all the focus groups were to be held. We
were all very enthusiastic about the rooms and the way
they were set up, and after teaming up, we unpacked the
video cameras and audio recorders. While Cristina and I
were checking out our recording material and writing
name cards, a huge amount of pizza and salads was deliv-               Three days later, we departed from Atlanta with a lot of
ered by the local pizza man. We rewarded the coaches for          material and many good memories. It was time for the
their contribution with fresh-made pizzas, salads and so-         “supreme moment,” the first Mobile Lab Meeting in the
das, following Dan’s motto “Pizza solves everything!” It          history of the Sport Psych Lab. We thought Dan was joking
has been proven to be a success!                                  when he said we would have a lot to talk about in the car on
                                                                  the way home. Five hours later our group of high-achievers
“Pizza solves everything!”                                        were still discussing points of improvement as well as fu-
                   Unofficial Sport Psych Lab Motto: Dr. Gould    ture questions and strategies to be addressed aduring later
                                                                  phases of the research. But foremost, we realized that we
    But more than the success of pizza, the two focus             were part of an unique focus group experience, thanks to
groups that night and the four following focus groups             good preparation, teamwork, the excellent organization
were even a bigger success. It turned out to be six interest-     provided by the USTA, and multiple moments of sparkling
ing and open groups, with tennis coaches from both gen-           humor.

     (Gould: Business Application from page 2)
                                                                              NEW ATHLETICS LOGOS
     est in developing core values when consulting with ath-
     letes and teams stemmed from readings he did to prepare
     for his work in business. Secondly, Gould explained that
     for consultants to be effective, they need to become con-
     textually intelligent and adapt to their surroundings. This
     can mean buying new clothes or learning the terminol-
     ogy. It’s important to fit in, yet on the other hand, you
     have to remain true to yourself. Finally, Dan advised that
     “everybody’s got to start somewhere, and the first time
     you do it, you’re going to feel uncomfortable. Maybe that      (Where are They Now: from page 6)
     never goes away when you change contexts, but it’s like        (ASPASP) Conference, where he no doubt will be looking
     that “good to great” notion…maybe [how] you go from            for more grant opportunities.
     good to great is you’re not afraid to feel uncomfortable.”     Kristen Dieffenbach
     As he explained, you can learn a lot from this discomfort.         Kristen currently completed the requirements to be-
     It is not something worth fighting; rather, it is something    come an Association for the Advancement of Applied Sport
     to grow from.                                                  Psychology certified consultant. On top of that, she has
           Dan has certainly learned much from this                 coaching credentials with both the United States Track and
     ‘experiment’ in the business world, yet still has hopes to     Field Association (USATF) and USA Cycling. Currently
     pursue new avenues like working with junior business-          she coaches and consults for Carmichael Training Systems
     persons. When asked how he sees his involvement in the         and does coaching- and parenting-education seminars with
     future, Gould explained, “I’m still a sport person cause       the non-profit group, the Positive Coaching Alliance. Ad-
     it’s what I truly love and grew up with, but I like learning   ditionally, she provides performance excellence consulting
     new things and I’m getting pretty good at it. I’ll keep        for athletes, teams, coaches, and businesses through her
     doing it in a measured fashion.”                               company, Mountains, Marathons, & More and teaches un-
                                                                    dergraduate classes as an adjunct at Frostburg State Univer-
                                                                    sity. Kristen currently lives in Frostburg, Maryland and in
             Sport and Exercise                                     her spare time competes in a wide variety of running and
                                                                    cycling events, with an emphasis on endurance and ultra
            Psychology Websites!                                    endurance endeavors and adventure racing.

           www.aaasponline.org/                                     (Factors Affecting...Mexican Athletes from page 4)

             www.naspspa.org/                                       suggest that elite athletes are influenced in similar ways by
                                                                    major performance influencing factors. It is also encourag-
         www.sportpsychology.co.uk/                                 ing to note that many of the factors mentioned by these
                                                                    athletes are ones that sport psychologists have studied ex-
         www.psyc.unt.edu/apadiv47                                  tensively (e.g., self-confidence, developing performance
         www.phed.duth.gr/sportpsy/                                 routines). Thus, for those athletes who identify that certain
                                                                    factors negatively influenced their Olympic performance,
        www.psychology.lu.se/FEPSAC                                 information exists as to how such factors can be strength-
                                                                    ened or improved. The knowledge that emerged from this
             www.sbmweb.org/                                        family of studies may help athletes better prepare for Olym-
              www.acsm.org/                                         pic events, as well as help coaches and sport psychologists
                                                                    to work more effectively. This cross-cultural comparison
                                                                    provides some insight about similarities and differences
                   (Courtesy of Amy Karnitz)                        between two different cultures: the American and the Mexi-
                                                                    can, and may stimulate further cross-cultural research in-
                                                                    volving other countries.
                  AND: Coming Soon                                       In order to disseminate the results of this study to
       The Sport and Exercise Psychology                            Mexican Olympians and coaches, as well as sport psychol-
                                                                    ogy professionals, the findings will be presented at the XI
     Newsletter will be available on UNCG’s                         European Congress of Sport Psychology (FEPSAC), which
          Sport Psychology Webpage.                                 will take place July 2003 in Copenhagen, Denmark. A final
                                                                    report will be given to the Mexican Olympic Committee,
                                                                    and a “Solidarity Coaches Workshop” will be conducted to
                                                                    address coaches’ and athlete’s needs.

                      Center For Women’s Health and Wellness (CWHW):
                            Sport and Exercise Psychology Research
                                         From The Desk of Dr. Gill
                                                             diverse youth by focusing on the climate and cultural com-
             CWHW Relations and Projects
                                                             petence of professionals in physical activity settings. Spe-
                Written by Dr. Gill
                                                             cifically, during the first phase of the project we will focus
                                                             on assessing the climate in physical activity settings that

                                                             serve diverse youth (schools, recreation programs, commu-
        everal of our continuing research projects are re-   nity centers), and the perceived cultural competence of
        lated to women’s health and wellness, and last       professionals who work in those settings, as well as pre-
        year several specific proposals were developed and   professionals in university programs. We will use multiple
submitted through the CWHW by Dr. Gill in collabora-         methods (surveys, focus groups, observations) in the as-
tion with other faculty and community partners of the        sessment and analyses. These results will provide the basis
CWHW. We developed a proposal for a project on               for educational materials and programs that promote cul-
Physical Activity for Adolescent Girls in collaboration      tural competence and reduce exclusionary practices among
with the YWCA of Greensboro. We planned to offer a           physical activity professionals. Our goal is to work in
physical activity program at the YWCA for girls partici-     partnership with schools and leisure service providers to
pating in an after-school program, Save our Students         develop physical activity programs that enhance the health
(SOS). Although we did not receive the final funding for     and well-being of all girls and women.
that project, we made strong connections and will move            This project builds upon our lab research on cultural
ahead with several related projects.                         competence and physical activity and well-being, and will
     This year Dr. Gill, Dr. Kathy Jamieson, and several     carry us in new directions through the CWHW and other
of our graduate students worked with representatives         collaborations. Look for reports on CWHW projects as
from the YWCA and several other community organiza-          well as our other lab projects over the coming year and
tions to plan and conduct the 9th annual Girls & Women       beyond.
in Sports Day Festival, held here at UNCG on March 2,
2003. CWHW has strong connections with the Women’s
Resource Center (WRC) of Greensboro, and one pro-
posal submitted this past year by the YWCA, WRC and                       Cultural Competence in
CWHW involved a fitness and wellness program for                             Physical Activity.
obese women in the community.                                                    Written by: Dr. Gill
     As well as the YWCA and WRC, another key com-
munity partner for the CWHW is A Healthy Start, Inc.
(AHS), a program for adolescent girls in the community.           This project grew from a long-standing interest in gen-
In previous years, several ESS faculty and graduate stu-     der issues and extensions of that work to broader areas of
dents have worked with AHS founding director,                cultural diversity. Cultural competence implies a move
Ernestine Taylor, to conduct fitness and wellness pro-       from that scholarly work to action, with direct professional
grams for the girls. This year, AHS received funding for     applications. That is, professionals must be culturally com-
a proposal to expand their activity program with the         petent to work effectively with diverse sport and exercise
CWHW as major collaborator. Dr. Gill and several of          participants. In the 2000-2001 academic year Dr. Gill, with
our graduate students will be working with AHS to de-        co-investigator Ron Morrow (a 2000 UNCG EdD gradu-
velop a walking program and conduct fitness evaluations      ate), received a Wayne F. Placek Grant Award from the
over the next year.                                          American Psychological Foundation for the project:
     This past year Dr. Gill and Dr. Jamieson submitted a    "Increasing Understanding and Promoting Inclusive Pro-
proposal to the AAUW Scholar-in-Residence program            fessional Practice in Exercise and Sport"
for the project, Promoting Cultural Competence among              The long-term goal of the project is to develop and
Physical Activity Professionals through the CWHW.            evaluate educational/training programs for exercise and
That project has been funded, and over the coming year,      sport science professionals aimed at increasing understand-
several of our graduate students as well as Dr. Gill and     ing and developing skills and strategies that promote a safe,
Dr. Jamieson will be working on the project. Following       inclusive environment. The immediate goals were to: a)
is a brief project summary: This research project aims to    assess knowledge and attitudes of pre-professional students,
develop more inclusive programs that meet the needs of                                                  (Continued on page 12)

                 Physical Activity and Well-being Across the Lifespan:
                         Adolescent Girls and Older Women
                                                    Written by Dr. Gill

                                                                     (Cultural Competence from page 11)
                  Adolescent Girls                                   as well as the current climate for lesbians/gay men and
                                                                     other minority groups in exercise and sport settings,
                                                                     and, b) to develop and evaluate intervention programs
           During the 2001-2002 and 2002-2003 years, Dr. Gill        for pre-professionals.
     and several graduate students affiliated with our lab                Results from Phase 1 revealed that overall atti-
     worked on projects with adolescent girls. The Women's           tudes toward gay men and lesbians were less positive
     Studies program kicked off an Initiative for Girls in Feb-      than attitudes toward other minority groups
     ruary 2002. That initiative has continued with several          (racial/ethnic minorities, older adults, those with physi-
     projects including the Girls’ Zine, which can be seen on        cal disabilities), and that females held more positive
     the Women and Gender Studies website.                           attitudes than did males. In Phase 2 the same survey
           Dr. Kathy Jamieson, socio-cultural sport scholar in       was used with selected samples of ESS student teach-
     ESS and affiliate of our lab, has been heavily involved in      ers and interns, and a student Pride group. Those re-
     these programs along with Dr. Gill and several of our           sults indicated the ESS pre-professionals were more
     graduate students. Dr. Jamieson is the lead investigator on     positive than the general student sample, but still are
     the project, "Mujeres Activas/Active women: Physical ac-        far from culturally competent. Phase 1 results were
     tivity in the lives of adolescent Latinas in North Carolina",   presented at the 2001 AAASP conference, and Phase 2
     funded by CSSI Collaborative Grant Initiative, with co-         results were presented at the 2002 NASPSPA confer-
     investigators Dr. Gill and Dr. Tammy Schilling, another         ence. These results with more detailed information
     lab affiliate and ESS faculty member focusing on youth          and interpretations will be written for publication in the
     development.                                                    coming year, and we are extending this work into more
           Dr. Schilling and Dr. Jamieson are both involved with     direct cultural competence evaluation and education
     physical activity/youth development programs in the com-        programs with physical activity professionals. Former
     munity, including service learning programs with Boys           UNCG graduate students Karen Collins, Allison Lucey
     and Girls Clubs and developmental activities for Hispanic       and Allison Schultz, and current graduate student, Ka-
     pre-schoolers. Dr. Gill, as well as several of our sport and    ori Araki have contributed to various phases of this
     exercise psychology graduate students (Cindra Kamphoff,         ongoing project.
     Jeanine Scrogum, Kaori Araki) have been, and will con-               Dr. Gill has given several presentations at confer-
     tinue to be, involved in these programs.                        ences on cultural competence, and also has conducted
                                                                     workshops with community groups, physical education
                                                                     teachers and other sport and exercise professionals.
                     Adult Women                                     This project and the efforts to promote cultural compe-
                                                                     tence among physical activity professionals continue.

         Several years ago, Dr. Gill and Dr. Kathy Williams
     received an AARP Andrus Foundation grant to investigate
     motor and psychological factors related to falls in older
     adults. During the project, and related follow-up projects,
                                                                              Check it out!!!
     we also conducted interviews with older women partici-
     pants about physical activity and falls. Allison Schultz
     and Kaori Araki began analyses of those interview data in
                                                                     Read about the CWHW online at:
     2002, and with Jeanine Scrogum and Cindra Kamphoff,
     we continued those analyses this year. Results related to
     women’s attitudes and values for physical activity will be
     presented at the 2003 NASPSPA conference. We will                 http://www.uncg.edu/hhp/cwhw
     continue analyses of the interview data and prepare further
     presentations and publications in the coming year.

                                                                         Look for Cristina to present insights and information
       Kate R. Barret Award Recipient,                              learned during this conference at a department-wide meet-
                Cristina Rolo                                       ing. And remember to congratulate her when you see her.
                  Written By: Doug Cornish

     On April 8th, 2003, Cristina Rolo, a Ph.D candidate in                    Graduate Student Projects
Sport Psychology, was recognized at the School of Health                               Written By: Dr. Gill
and Human Performance honors banquet as co-recipient of
the Kate R. Barrett Professional Development award.
                                                                         Several years ago, Dr. Gill and Dr. Kathy Williams
     The Kate R. Barrett award is given out annually to assist
                                                                    received an AARP Andrus Foundation grant to investigate
the professional development of the recipient. Recipients
                                                                    motor and psychological factors related to falls in older
receive up to $1500 to make possible the attendance at a
                                                                    adults. During the project, and related follow-up projects,
professional development/enrichment experience in line with
                                                                    we also conducted interviews with older women partici-
the goals and objectives of the UNCG Department of Exer-
                                                                    pants about physical activity and falls. Allison Schultz and
cise and Sport Science and School of HHP. To be eligible
                                                                    Kaori Araki began analyses of those interview data in
                             for the award, candidates must be
                                                                    2002, and with Jeanine Scrogum and Cindra Kamphoff, we
                             graduate students with at least two
                                                                    continued those analyses this year. Results related to
                             full semesters completed in the
                                                                    women’s attitudes and values for physical activity will be
                             Department of Exercise and Sport
                                                                    presented at the 2003 NASPSPA conference. We will con-
                             Science, have a GPA of at least
                                                                    tinue analyses of the interview data and prepare further
                             3.5, and demonstrate a desire to
                                                                    presentations and publications in the coming year.
                             continue professional learning in
                                                                         As well as working on the projects described on page
                             their chosen field.
                                                                    13, the graduate students working with Dr. Gill have devel-
                                      Cristina’s 4.0 GPA estab-
                                                                    oped their own research projects.
                             lished her as a good candidate for
                                                                         Two PhD graduates completed their dissertation re-
                             the award, but what set her apart
from the other candidates? In response to that question, Dr.        search projects this year. Allison Shultz, who received her
                                                                    PhD in May 2003, completed her dissertation research,
Gill had this to say: “Like Kate Barrett, who started the
                                                                    “Development and validation of a scale to measure state
award, Cristina brings commitment and enthusiasm to every-
                                                                    social physique anxiety.” Allison taught at the University
thing she does. And, she does plenty - not only does she do
                                                                    of Northern Iowa last year, and you can look for presenta-
excellent work in her graduate program, but she takes on
                                                                    tions and publications based on her dissertation research in
extra responsibilities for teaching, research and ser-
                                                                    the coming year. Karen Mustian, who will complete her
vice. Most of all, Cristina brings a sense of international
                                                                    dissertation and PhD program in summer 2003, has been
celebration to our department, university and the larger com-
                                                                    heavily involved in several projects in Dr. Katula’s lab.
munity through her many contributions.”
                                                                    Karen has been a co-investigator on several funded pro-
     Cristina plans to use the money provided by the award
                                                                    jects, received her own funding, and has several publica-
to attend the IX European Congress of Sport Psychology in
                                                                    tions and presentations related to her research on the role
Copenhagen, Denmark. At the conference, which is titled
                                                                    of exercise and tai chi on quality of life in breast cancer
“New approaches to Exercise and Sport Psychology – Theo-
                                                                    survivors. Karen will be continuing her research and all
ries, Methods and Applications,” Cristina will present two
                                                                    her good work at the University of Rochester where she
posters: “Factors Affecting the Performance of Mexican
                                                                    recently accepted a faculty position.
Athletes at the 2000 Sydney Olympics,” which you read
                                                                         Two of our continuing PhD students, Kaori Araki
about on page 4 of this publication, and “Performance               and Cindra Kamphoff, have developed research plans,
Strategies of Medalists and Non-Medalists at the Sydney             and begun collecting data on projects that likely will lead
Olympic Games.”                                                     into dissertations. Kaori’s research is on perfectionism in
     She also plans to attend sessions related to coaching,         sport. She has collected data with Japanese track and field
teambuilding, psychological factors in competitive sport,           athletes, and she continues to move forward with develop-
counseling athletes in crisis, and children and youth in sport      ment of a sport-specific perfectionism measure, and inves-
and physical education in an attempt to increase her consult-       tigations of perfectionism and its correlates among ath-
ing efficacy. Cristina explains, “My participation in the Con-      letes. As well as working full-time in the UNCG Advising
gress will also allow me to be aware of current research and        Center, Cindra is developing research projects combining
practice in Europe and in other parts of the globe. Because I       her sport psychology and socio-cultural sport studies inter-
will return to Portugal after finishing my PhD, it is very im-      ests. Cindra’s current projects focus on coaching percep-
portant to participate in this European conference to estab-        tions as well as gender and cultural barriers in coaching.
lish networks and to increase the chances of future collabo-        She has developed measures and begun collecting data,
rative projects.” Indeed, Cristina displays a professional cu-      and will continue with related research in the coming year.
riosity, a desire to continue professional learning in her field.

      2002-2003 Sport and Exercise Psychology Faculty Scholarly Work
     Weinberg, R.S., & Gould, D. (2003). Foundations of sport and exercise psychology. (3rd ed.). Champaign, IL: Human

     Scholarly Reviews/Book Chapters
     Gill, D.L. (2002). Psychological and social aspects. In M.L. Ireland & A. Nattiv (Eds.), The female athlete. (pp. 29-33).
     Orlando, FL: W.B. Saunders.

     Gill, D.L. (2002). Gender and sport behavior. In T.S. Horn (Ed.). Advances in sport psychology (2nd ed.). (pp. 355-375).
     Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

     Gould, D. (2002). Sport psychology: Future directions in youth sport research. In F. Smoll, & R. Smith (Eds.), Children
     in sports (2nd Edition) (pp. 565-589). Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall/Hunt Publishing.

     Gould, D., & Dieffenbach, K. (2002). Overtraining, under recovery, and burnout in sport. In M. Kellman (Ed.). Enhanc-
     ing recovery: Preventing underperformance in athletes (pp. 25-35). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

     Gould, D. (2002). Sport psychology in the new millennium: The psychology of athletic excellence and beyond. Journal
     of Applied Sport Psychology, 14, 141-143. Gould, D. (2002). Moving beyond the psychology of excellence. Journal of
     Applied Sport Psychology, 14, 249-250.

     Gould, D. (2002). The psychology of Olympic excellence and its development. Psychology, 9, 531-546.

     Gould, D., & Chung, Y. (2003, in press). Self-regulation in young, middle and older adults. In
     M.R. Weiss (Ed.), Developmental sport psychology and exercise psychology: A lifespan perspective (pp. 387-406). Mor-
     ganton, WV: Fitness Information Technology, Inc.

     Articles in Refereed Journals
     Jamieson, K.M., Reel, J.J. & Gill, D.L. (2002). Beyond the racial binary: Stacking in women's collegiate softball. Women
     in Sport & Physical Activity Journal, 11, 89-106.

     Research to Practice Service Articles
     Applied services (together with above)Dieffenbach, K., Gould, D., & Moffett, A. (2002). The coach's role in developing
     champions. High Performance Coaching, 4 (3), 1, 4, 9.

     Gould, D. (2002). The coach’s role in developing champions. Olympic Coach, 12(2),2-4.

     Scholarly Papers/ Presentations

     Gabriele, J.M., Gill, D.L., Katula, J.A. & Davis, P.G. (2003, Mar.). Exercise commitment across stages of behavior
     change. Paper presented at the Society for Behavioral Medicine Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions, Salt Lake City,

     Gill, D.L., Morrow, R.O., Collins, K.E., Lucey, A.B. & Schultz, A.M. (2002, June.). Attitudes of selected groups toward
     minorities in exercise and sport. Paper presented at the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical
     Activity Conference, Baltimore, MD.

     Gill, D.L., Williams, K., Williams, L., Kim, B.J., Schultz, A.M., Araki, K., Kamphoff, C. & Scrogum, J. (2003, June).
     Physical activity behaviors and values of older women. Paper presented at the North American Society for the Psychol-
     ogy of Sport and Physical Activity Conference, Savannah, GA.

     Gould, D. (2002, June 27). Psychological talent in Olympic champions and its development. Presentation made at the
     University of Southern Maine Sport Psychology Institute, Portland, Maine.

Gould, D. (2002, June 28). Teaching life skills through sport. Presentation made at the University of Southern Maine
Sport Psychology Institute, Portland, Maine.

Gould, D., Chung, Y., Collins, K., Lauer, L. (2002, October 31). Data based approaches to understanding life skill de-
velopment through sport. Symposium presentation made at the Association for the Advancement of Applied Sport Psy-
chology Conference, Tucson, Arizona.

Gould, D., & Sie Pennisi, N. (2002, August 23). Adaptive and maladaptive perfectionism in the dancer-athlete. Presenta-
tion made American Psychological Association Conference, Chicago, Illinois.

Gould, D. (2002, October 4). What sport psychology can teach the business manager: From the playing field to the work-
place. Presentation made at the Program for Management Development, Bryan School of Business and Economics, Uni-
versity of North Carolina Greensboro, Greensboro, North Carolina.

Gould, D. (2002, November 1). The NFL/NFF Coaching Academy Program: Teaching life skills through sport. Presenta-
tion made at the Association for the Advancement of Applied Sport Psychology Conference symposium on the “changing
needs of youth: Implications for coaches’ education programs”, Tucson, Arizona.

Gould, D. (2002, November 2). Contextual intelligence: The key to successful sport psychology consulting. Presentation
made at the Association for the Advancement of Applied Sport Psychology Conference symposium “contextual intelli-
gence: the key to successful consulting”, Tucson, Arizona.

Gould, D. (2003, March 9). Elite coaching from an applied perspective: Lessons learned from the Olympic environment.
Presentation made to the joint meeting of the Swedish Psychological Society and Sport Education Association, National
Sport Training Center, Benson, Sweden.

Gould, D. (2003, March 10). Interventions in sport: The psychology of Olympic Excellence. Presentation made at the
Physical School of Sports Education, Stockholm, Sweden

Gould, D. (2003, March 11). Sport psychology: The research to practice link. Presentation made to the students and fac-
ulty, Department of Physical Education and Sport Studies, University of Orebro, Orebro, Sweden.

Gould, D. (2003, April 7). Talent development in young athletes: Psychological issues and guidelines. Presentation made
at the Athletics and Exercise and Sport Science Symposium, Colby-Sawyer College, New London, New Hampshire.

Kamphoff, C.S. & Gill, D.L. (2002, Nov.). Jealousy in Sport: Exploring jealousy’s relationship to cohesion. Paper pre-
sented at the Association for the Advancement of Applied Sport Psychology Conference, Tucson, AZ.

Taylor, M., Katula, J.A., Gould, D., & Gill, D.L. (2002, June). Dispositional correlates of flow. Paper presented at the
North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity Conference, Baltimore, MD.

Taylor, M., Katula, J.A., Gould, D., & Gill, D.L. (2002, Oct.). The relationships of anxiety intensity and direction to flow
in collegiate athletes. Paper presented at the Association for the Advancement of Applied Sport Psychology Conference,
Tucson, AZ.

Grants and Proposals Funded

Gould, D., Lauer, L., Rolo, C., & Sie Pennisi, N. (2001). Understanding the role parents play in tennis success. USA
Tennis Sport Science and Technology Research Grant ($19,985 funded)

Lauer, L., Gould, D., & Carson, S. (2002). An emotional control program to reduce aggression in youth ice hockey. U.S.
A Hockey Foundation ($3,060 funded)

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