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Revealing an Empirical Understanding of Aggression and Violent Behavior in Athletics

NCJ Number
Aggression and Violent Behavior Volume: 15 Issue: 6 Dated: November/December 2010 Pages: 446-462
Neal B. Kimble; Stephen A. Russo; Brandon G. Bergman; Viviana H. Galindo
Date Published
December 2010
17 pages
This paper reviews the literature to summarize what is known about aggression and violent behavior in athletic environments while placing emphasis on information that has been gleaned from empirical investigation into the subject.
Despite the multitude of published accounts that focus on "aggressive athletes," scientific investigation into aggression and violence within an athletic population has been surprisingly absent. Publications have often been more editorial in nature, with scientific rigor, sound methodology, and empirical exploration appearing to be secondary concerns. The present review seeks to summarize what is currently known about aggression and violence in sports through actual empirical investigation. The information presented herein was synthesized from the inclusion of studies that met strict scientific and methodological inclusion criteria, representing less than one-third of published studies on the subject over the past 30 years. (Published Abstract) Tables and references