About the Journal

Our vision is to promote individual and community well-being through sports by providing scholarly information on the intersection of sports and social work practice, theory and research. This includes raising awareness of the challenges that athletes face throughout the life course, identifying inherent strengths athletes possess and displaying how social workers can assist athletes in utilizing their strengths to meet these challenges. 


In order to support the journal’s mission and vision the Sport Social Work Journal has the following goals: 


  • Advocate for the advancement of social justice and change through research that occurs at the intersection of social work and sport.
  • Create awareness of the vulnerabilities that athletes face throughout the life course such as mental and behavioral health concerns.
  • Educate coaches, administrators, and other leaders within athletic communities on issues surrounding the well-being and development of athletes.
  • Publish empirical-research that promotes and enhances the use of social work values, knowledge, and approaches within the athletic community.
  • Provide an outlet for scholarly discussion on the ways in which specific social work frameworks can be best implemented to aid athletic communities.
  • Maintain a holistic scope by publishing volumes that display diversity and multiple-perspectives on research.
  • Publish research with the goal of informing social work practice at the micro-, mezzo-, and macro-levels of athletic communities.