Expected outcomes of sport practice for inmatesa comparison of perceptions of inmates and staff

  1. David Moscoso-Sánchez 1
  2. Eric de Léséleuc 1
  3. Luis Rodríguez Morcillo Baena 2
  4. Manuel Tomás González Fernández 1
  5. Antonio Manuel Pérez Flores 1
  6. Víctor Manuel Muñoz Sánchez 1
  1. 1 Universidad Pablo de Olavide

    Universidad Pablo de Olavide

    Sevilla, España

    ROR https://ror.org/02z749649

  2. 2 Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas

    Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas

    Madrid, España

    ROR https://ror.org/02gfc7t72

Revista de psicología del deporte

ISSN: 1132-239X

Year of publication: 2017

Volume: 26

Issue: 1

Pages: 37-48

Type: Article

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JCR (Journal Impact Factor)

  • Year 2017
  • Journal Impact Factor: 0.922
  • Journal Impact Factor without self cites: 0.833
  • Article influence score: 0.13
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  • Area: PSYCHOLOGY, APPLIED Quartile: Q4 Rank in area: 69/82 (Ranking edition: SSCI)

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  • Year 2017
  • Journal Impact: 1.670
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  • Social Sciences: B

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  • CiteScore of the Journal : 1.6
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In our society there is a version of sports that is “invisible”. It is not competitive, it generates no new records and provides no victories. It consists of the unrecognized sporting experiences of certain social minorities. One of these minorities is the prison population. Some research has examined the effects that the practice of sports can have in prisons. This article analyzes these effects based on the results of a qualitative study carried out in Andalusia in Spain. It focuses on the role of sports in the social rehabilitation of the prison population, emphasizing its potential in generating positive attitudes and behaviors that are helpful in re-integration. It also reveals that the role sports has in social rehabilitation is only effective if sports programs in prisons have sound pedagogical practices behind them.

Funding information

This research was supported by Consejo Superior de Deportes (CSD) (Ref. 38/UPB20/10) awarded to David Moscoso.


  • Consejo Superior de Deportes
    • Ref. 38/UPB20/10

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