Defining, assessing, and developing creativity in sport: a systematic narrative review

Francisco de Sa Fardilha, Justine B. Allen
2019 International Review of Sport and Exercise Psychology  
Research on creativity in sport is gaining momentum, due to a growing interest 26 from coaches and academics in developing strategies to increase unpredictability 27 in individual and collective behaviour which may allow teams to gain an important 28 advantage over their opponents. The purpose of this paper was to conduct the first 29 systematic narrative review of the literature on sporting creativity, critically 30 synthesising 51 years of published research (1967-2018) and proposing avenues
more » ... 1 for future research. Six databases were used, and 48 documents met search criteria. 32 The findings are organised in four categories: (a) defining creativity, (b) correlates 33 of creativity, (c) assessing creativity and (d) developing creativity. Creativity 34 definitions and assessments have privileged thought processes over the ability to 35 act. A distinction is warranted between creativity about sport and creativity in sport 36 (in action) and aligned assessment methods. The literature does not support a single 37 strategy for the development of sporting creativity but does support its trainability. 38 Evidence of the effectiveness of programmes for the enhancement of sporting 39 creativity is growing but is still limited. Furthermore, while it is recognised that 40 coaches have a pivotal role in the development of sporting creativity, research 41 involving them is still scarce. 42
doi:10.1080/1750984x.2019.1616315 fatcat:wl6mafstkvci3cqlj2vkrm5wp4