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Drawing upon the expertise of more than twenty leaders of their fields, this is a comprehensive and practical guide to psychological concepts and theories as well as to strategies and techniques designed to help future coaches and sport psychologists cultivate peak performance and personal growth through recent advances in sport psychology. The text's four-part organization focuses on motivation and leadership, social interactions, mental training, program implementation, and issues that go beyond performance enhancement. Contributing authors are experts in their topic, and each chapter has been written specifically for this collection.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780073376530
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
  • Publication date: 6/5/2009
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 640
  • Sales rank: 159,199
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Jean M. Williams is a professor emeritus at the University of Arizona where she served in the Department of Exercise and Sport Science and the Department of Psychology. She taught courses in stress and coping and psychology of excellence and consulted with intercollegiate athletes and coaches and with top amateur and professional athletes as well as supervised consulting. Dr. Williams has published nine books (seven edited) and more than 100 research articles and book chapters. Her research focused on psychology of injury, psychology of excellence, group dynamics and productivity, and exercise and mental health. She is a past president, fellow, and certified consultant in the Association of Applied Sport Psychology and a fellow in the National Academy of Kinesiology.

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Table of Contents

1 Sport psychology : past, present, future 1
2 Motor skill learning for effective coaching and performance 17
3 Positive reinforcement, performance feedback, and performance enhancement 40
4 Motivational processes and the facilitation of performance, persistence, and well-being in sport 57
5 The self-fulfilling prophecy theory : when coaches' expectations become reality 82
6 Leadership effectiveness 109
7 Styles of decision making in coaching 140
8 The sport team as an effective group 157
9 Communicating effectively 174
10 Enhancing coach-parent relationships in youth sports : increasing harmony and minimizing hassle 192
11 Psychological characteristics of peak performance 207
12 Increasing awareness for sport performance 228
13 Goal setting for peak performance 240
14 Arousal-performance relationships 260
15 Relaxation and energizing techniques for regulation of arousal 285
16 Seeing is believing : understanding and using imagery in sport 306
17 Cognitive techniques for building confidence and enhancing performance 349
18 Concentration and attention control training 382
19 Strategies for training concentration 404
20 Integrating and implementing a psychological skills training program 425
21 Development and implementation of coach-training programs : cognitive-behavioral principles and techniques 458
22 When to refer athletes for counseling or psychotherapy 483
23 Drug abuse in sport : causes and cures 505
24 Burnout in sport : understanding the process - from early warning signs to individualized intervention 541
25 Injury risk and rehabilitation : psychological considerations 565
26 Career transition among athletes : is there life after sports? 595
27 Exercise psychology 616
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