Danilo Reis Coimbra, Simone Salvador Gomes, Felipe Carvalho, Renato Ferreira, Felix Guillen, Renato Miranda, Maurício Bara Filho[show abstract] [hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: The purpose of the present study was to analyze the perception about Sport Psychology to coaches and athletes and to verify the relationship between the topics studied by researchers and sports demands. The sample was composed by 323 athletes and 59 coaches from different sports competitive levels. It was used a general questionnaire and a specific one about the topics related to sports psychology (TEPA), constituted by 30 questions divided into 5 groups (youth sports, psychological strategies, questionnaires, psychological profiles and others). It was used the Student Test "t" test ANOVA for mean comparisons. Athletes and coaches considered important all training aspects (physical, technical, tactical and psychological), however they had less knowledge in the psychological one. Coaches and athletes considered the 5 sport psychology topics as important, but coaches showed a more significant importance (p<0,05). It was found significant differences (p<0,05) when we compared athletes of different competitive levels, gender and sports. It was depicted that coaches and athletes considered very relevant all the themes of sports psychology, being the highlighted the development of techniques and psychological strategies, one of the investigation types less studied by the researchers. There is a discrepancy among the topics studied by the researchers and the demands exposed by coaches and athletes.Revista Brasileira de Ciência e Movimento. 01/2008; 16:1-21.