Special Issue: Athlete and Coach Mental Health and Olympic Preparedness

Published 13 September, 2023


This special issue invites manuscripts that delve into the mental health of athletes and coaches within Olympic sport settings. We welcome theoretical, empirical, and applied contributions from scholars and practitioners across Asia. Given that this journal is the flagship peer-reviewed outlet for the Asia and South Pacific Association of Sport Psychology, the relevance of the contributions must be oriented toward an Asian readership. Submissions should be grounded in both foundational and contemporary international discussions concerning mental health in Olympic and similar sport environments. The Editor also encourages authors to contextualize their work within their national sport landscape, and to incorporate relevant details about the author's or practitioner’s professional background for added perspective.

Topics covered:

  • National and multinational position stands;
  • Theoretical contributions and interventions contextualized in relation to the topic, spanning context-driven practice; training loads, peer and staff relations; media and social media demands; meta-transitions; thriving / peak performance; post-game assimilation.
  • Novel research approaches spanning quantitative and qualitative methodologies, including case studies, and self-reflective approaches.

Types of papers:

Most types of papers are welcome, including commentaries and critical narrative reviews, systematic reviews, primary research studies drawing upon quantitative and qualitative methodologies, large secondary data analysis, and personal narratives / experiential contributions.

Important Deadlines:

  • Open Call July 15, 2023
  • Submission Deadline: February 15, 2024
  • Submissions Finalized: April 21, 2024
  • Final Submission deadline: May 31, 2024

Submission Instructions:

Please read the Guide for Authors. All articles should be submitted online, please select [SI: Special Issue Title] on submission.

Guest Editors:

Robert J. Schinke, Laurentian University, Canada, rschinke@laurentian.ca

Zhijian Huang, Hubei University, China, psychlab@qq.com

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