n Educare - Sportsielkunde as komponent in die opleidingsprogram van vakonderwysers

Volume 30, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0256-8829



In the Republic of South Africa (RSA), most of the subject teachers in our schools are involved with the coaching of sport, sometimes against their will. The training programmes of these teachers do not really provide for the inclusion of sport psychology. In fact, a survey at universities and teachers colleges all over the country revealed that only two of these institutions offer sport psychology as a subject to their subject teachers. Enquiries at schools in the RSA indicated that subject teachers, involved as sport coaches, experience frustrations because of their lack of ability with regard to inter alia the following: motivation of their athletes, dealing with anxiety, conflicts and crises in sport, and the application of concentration and relaxation techniques. These frustrations lead to a deterioration in relationships between coaches and athletes and eventually affect sport achievements negatively. This investigation clearly indicates that a very low percentage of subject teachers in the RSA know anything about sport psychology, but the majority involved in the investigation are of the opinion that sport psychology should be included in the training programme of subject teachers.

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