Teamwork in sport: a theoretical and integrative review

Desmond McEwan, Mark R. Beauchamp

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A commonly held belief in sports is the need for team members to be able to work well together in order for that team to be successful. Despite this assumption, research in the field of sport psychology has yet to formally or sufficiently conceptualize what is meant by teamwork. In this theoretical and integrative review, we draw from the extant organizational psychology and team development literature to present a multidimensional conceptual framework of teamwork in sport. We provide a working definition of teamwork in sport and discuss how teamwork sits within a broader model of team effectiveness. We conclude by providing an overview of salient research avenues on teamwork and team effectiveness in sport, which have potential implications for guiding interventions with sports teams.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)229-250
Number of pages22
JournalInternational Review of Sport and Exercise Psychology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014


  • effectiveness
  • group dynamics
  • sport
  • success
  • teams
  • teamwork
  • performance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology


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