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Part II Introduction

This part of the book deals with the relationship between psychology and spirituality in sport. Recent years have seen a growth of interest in the psychological aspects of competitive sport, and the benefi ts of exercise and physical activity for mental health. The academic discipline of sports psychology is now well established. In the UK alone, there are at least 60 universities that offer courses or modules in sports psychology. Despite this, the topic of spirituality has very rarely been considered at the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) annual conferences, or at similar gatherings in North America. It seems that sports psychologists are as reluctant as their colleagues in the parent discipline of psychology to acknowledge the concept of spirituality, and its possible link to the mind. This prejudice is all the more diffi cult to understand, given that the term “psyche” is usually translated to mean soul.