Emotional intelligence in sports and physical activity: An intervention focus

Sylvain Laborde, Emma Mosley, Stefan Ackerman, Adrijana Mrsic, Fabrice Dosseville

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    The aim of this chapter is twofold: first, to introduce the reader to the role of emotional intelligence (EI) in sports and physical activity, and second, to have an intervention focus achieved through applied activities that enable the development of different dimensions of EI. The chapter begins with an introduction to the theory that underpins EI in sports – the tripartite model comprising knowledge, ability, and trait levels. Subsequently, measurement issues are addressed in regard to instruments measuring the ability and trait aspects of EI. In continuation, the role of EI is discussed within the sport performance domain, specifically in athletes, coaches, and officials, as well as its role in physical activity. Finally, an applied perspective of EI training in sport performance is presented, along with EI training through sports and physical activity. Thirteen EI training activities are suggested that are based on the tripartite model and target the five main dimensions of EI: identifying, expressing, understanding, regulating, and using emotions. Such activities aim to contribute to the dissemination of EI training at school, which may have an important further impact on performance, society, and health policies.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationEmotional intelligence in education
    Subtitle of host publicationIntegrating Research with Practice
    EditorsK.V Keefer, J.D.A Parker, D.H Sakloftske
    Place of PublicationUSA
    Number of pages32
    ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-90633-1
    ISBN (Print)978-3-319-90631-7
    Publication statusPublished - Jul 2018

    Publication series

    NameThe Springer Series on Human Exceptionality


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