Research Topic

Psychological Factors in Physical Education and Sport

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The regular practice of physical activity has a positive influence on the physical and psychological health of participants. In a context such as sports or physical education classes, knowledge and manipulation of psychological variables such as attention, self-confidence, stress control, anxiety, motivation, cohesion, self-control (or emotional self-regulation), moods and interpersonal skills can influence commitment and performance. Furthermore, it has also been confirmed that a highly competitive context under a motivational climate involving the ego can generate feelings of fear of failure and the appearance of feelings of shame, causing some degree of insecurity, anxiety or stress and avoidance behaviors in athletes and students, which will negatively affect their well-being, interpersonal behavior and performance. Therefore, physical and psychological well-being depends on the social environments in which physical activity and sport are practiced, bringing us to the significant agents in the environment.

This Research Topic aims to collect the most recent research on factors influencing physical and psychological well-being and adherence to physical activity in the context of sport and physical education classes.

With this in mind, we encourage manuscript submissions on any of the following topics in the sport or physical education context:

- Motivation, Autonomy and Satisfaction
- Teaching and Learning Models
- Physical exercise, physical activity and sport performance
- Physical exercise, physical activity and academic performance
- Didactic and psychological factors that affect academic and sport performance
- Physical education in school and its relation to organic and psychological health
- Physical activity and health-related physical fitness
- Systematic scientific literature reviews concerning this Research Topic
- Physical exercise and physical activity in children and adolescents with special needs
- Group Dynamics in sport and exercise

Empirical research, qualitative, quantitative or mixed analysis, systematic reviews, meta-analysis and case studies involving students and teachers of physical education (or athletes and coaches) will be considered. Longitudinal or cross-sectional studies that track any of these variables annually or even comparing between countries and / or cultures will also be considered. The presentation of other analysis on topics related to physical education and sport are also welcome and encouraged to be discussed with the Guest Editors.


Keywords: Motivation, education, sport, physical education, psychological well-being


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

The regular practice of physical activity has a positive influence on the physical and psychological health of participants. In a context such as sports or physical education classes, knowledge and manipulation of psychological variables such as attention, self-confidence, stress control, anxiety, motivation, cohesion, self-control (or emotional self-regulation), moods and interpersonal skills can influence commitment and performance. Furthermore, it has also been confirmed that a highly competitive context under a motivational climate involving the ego can generate feelings of fear of failure and the appearance of feelings of shame, causing some degree of insecurity, anxiety or stress and avoidance behaviors in athletes and students, which will negatively affect their well-being, interpersonal behavior and performance. Therefore, physical and psychological well-being depends on the social environments in which physical activity and sport are practiced, bringing us to the significant agents in the environment.

This Research Topic aims to collect the most recent research on factors influencing physical and psychological well-being and adherence to physical activity in the context of sport and physical education classes.

With this in mind, we encourage manuscript submissions on any of the following topics in the sport or physical education context:

- Motivation, Autonomy and Satisfaction
- Teaching and Learning Models
- Physical exercise, physical activity and sport performance
- Physical exercise, physical activity and academic performance
- Didactic and psychological factors that affect academic and sport performance
- Physical education in school and its relation to organic and psychological health
- Physical activity and health-related physical fitness
- Systematic scientific literature reviews concerning this Research Topic
- Physical exercise and physical activity in children and adolescents with special needs
- Group Dynamics in sport and exercise

Empirical research, qualitative, quantitative or mixed analysis, systematic reviews, meta-analysis and case studies involving students and teachers of physical education (or athletes and coaches) will be considered. Longitudinal or cross-sectional studies that track any of these variables annually or even comparing between countries and / or cultures will also be considered. The presentation of other analysis on topics related to physical education and sport are also welcome and encouraged to be discussed with the Guest Editors.


Keywords: Motivation, education, sport, physical education, psychological well-being


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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02 November 2020 Abstract
15 February 2021 Manuscript

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Submission Deadlines

02 November 2020 Abstract
15 February 2021 Manuscript

Participating Journals

Manuscripts can be submitted to this Research Topic via the following journals:

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