After attending the AASP conference this year in Hawaii, it became very apparent that ultimately the organization might be headed for a name change. The organization is less than 30 years old, and the field in general is in its infancy compared to other scientific disciplines, but it very well might be time for a change. At AASP there were presentations on a myriad of subjects, not all specifically regarding performance in sport, or even a different performance domain. These presentations had much to offer regarding topics like motivation in overweight populations, or how athletics affect fans. But I wonder, what exactly do these topics, and others, have to do with sport psychology? The discussion regarding sport psychology, and what that specifically entails, has already begun. Is sport psychology doing psychology with athletes? I cannot agree with that. Athletics are a part of someone, just as maybe marital issues, or substance abuse might be a facet of someone’s personality. So then, if treating an athlete with a clinical problem is not “sport psychology”, and working with populations who are not athletes (exercisers, fans, parents) is not “sport psychology”, then why are such topics included in a field called sport psychology? It seems that in an effort to be inclusive, many groups have become a part of AASP, and the field. And while the contributions of such groups are certainly valuable, we must ask ourselves, as burgeoning practitioners and professionals, if the title of our field, or even how we identify ourselves, needs to change to more accurately reflect who we are and what we do in terms of enhancing performance.

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