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Imagine being in a room with more than 20 renowned researchers and consultants in sport psychology, who are giving advice to elite coaches and athletes. The sport psychologists delve into numerous topics, such as goal setting, mental imagery, routines, team cohesion, and the coach–athlete relationship. The coaches and athletes augment the recommendations by sharing their perspectives and experiences on each topic. Together, these researchers, consultants, coaches, and athletes bridge the gap between theory and practice in a way that has never been done before.

This hypothetical room has been created in Applying Sport Psychology: Four Perspectives. In each chapter four experts present their perspectives based on the current research and their understanding of the topics. Coaches and athletes relate that research to their real-world experiences, providing tips based on what has worked for them on and off the field or court to improve their performances. Students and professionals in sport psychology will benefit by
-Gaining four perspectives on each concept and its application.

-Learning how to customize those concepts and applications to any situation.

-Developing the tools to meet clients' needs and to be a successful sport psychologist.
In Applying Sport Psychology: Four Perspectives more than 50 contributors from around the globe make the study of sport psychology come alive. The four perspectives on each topic present a well-rounded approach to understanding team and individual sport performance. Because readers are privy to a conversation of sorts taking place among these four key stakeholders, they will gain understanding from the varying perspectives, increase their knowledge, and improve their interactions with clients.

In part I, explore five psychological areas: motivation, confidence, intensity, focus, and emotions. In part II, study the mental tools that athletes can use to improve their training and competitive performances. In part III, examine the roles of coach and team as they affect athletic performance. In part IV, learn about the most serious challenges athletes face and how to overcome them.

Applying Sport Psychology: Four Perspectives is focused on the specific issues affecting athletic performance and uses a unique, multiple-perspective approach. With Applying Sport Psychology: Four Perspectives, learn how to apply the theory that helps athletes perform to their potential. With the in-depth analysis and discussions among the authors, students and professionals are provided with a distinctive view into the world of applied sport psychology.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736045124
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/2/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 759,774
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Jim Taylor, PhD, is a highly sought-after speaker and author in sport psychology. Dr. Taylor has 20 years of applied sport psychology experience in academic settings and in private consulting practice. The author of eight books and numerous publications in refereed journals, Dr. Taylor is a former world-ranked alpine ski racer, certified tennis coach, second-degree black belt in karate, marathon runner, and Ironman triathlete. He is an elected fellow and certified consultant for the Association for the Advancement of Applied Sport Psychology, and he has consulted extensively with world-class and professional athletes.

Gregory S. Wilson, PED, is an associate professor and chair of the department of human kinetics and sport studies at the University of Evansville in Indiana. He has coauthored six chapters for a variety of edited textbooks and has published numerous papers dealing with such topics as overtraining and staleness and the effects of precompetition anxiety on sport performance. A former track coach, he has coached an NCAA hurdles champion and a member of the U.S. Olympic and Pan American teams. Dr. Wilson is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Psychological Association.

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Table of Contents


Part I: Psychological Factors in Athletic Performance
Chapter 1. Motivation
Brent Walker, Sandra Foster, Scott Daubert, DeDee Nathan

-Sport-Specific Definition of Motivation

-Impact of Motivation on Athletic Performance

-Sources of Motivation for Sport Participation

-Identifying and Strengthening Optimal Motivation Levels

-Reaching and Sustaining Ideal Motivation
Chapter 2. Confidence
Luis G. Manzo, Gregory W. Mondin, Bobby Clark, Terri Schneider

-Defining Confidence in Sport

-Assessing Confidence

-Developing Confidence

-Defining the Optimistic Mind-Set

-Developing an Optimistic Mind-Set
Chapter 3. Intensity
Gregory Wilson, Jim Taylor, Finn Gundersen, Terry Brahm

-Sport-Specific Definition of Intensity

-Identifying Optimal Intensity

-General Intensity Control Strategies

-Controlling Overintensity

-Controlling Underintensity
Chapter 4. Focus
Richard K. Stratton, Kim Cusimano, Chuck Hartman, Nicole DeBoom

-Understanding Focus

-Components of Focus

-Focus Style

-Assessing Focus

-Focus Strategies

-Focus on the Ultimate Goal
Chapter 5. Emotions
Marc Jones, Jim Taylor, Miyako Tanaka-Oulevey, Mary Grigson

-Defining Emotions and Emotional Experiences

-Emotions and Athletic Performance

-Why Athletes Respond Emotionally

-Gaining Emotional Mastery

-Techniques for Emotional Mastery
Part II: Enhancing Athletic Performance
Chapter 6. Psychological Assessment
Thad R. Leffingwell, Natalie Durand-Bush, Dean Wurzberger, Petra Cada

-Characteristics of Sound Measures

-Uses of Psychological Assessment

-Additional Assessment Methods
Chapter 7. Goal Setting
Robert S. Weinberg, Robert J. Harmison, Ric Rosenkranz, Stacia Hookom

-Understanding Goal Setting and Sport Performance

-Goal-Setting Interventions in Sport

-Why Goals Work

-Goal-Setting Principles

-Goal-Setting Program
Chapter 8. Mental Imagery
Bruce D. Hale, Lynn Seiser, E.J. McGuire, Eric Weinrich

-Understanding the Use of Mental Imagery in Sport

-How Does Mental Imagery Work?

-Impact of Mental Imagery

-Maximizing the Value of Mental Imagery

-Contributors to Effective Imagery

-Structuring Mental Imagery

-Developing a Mental-Imagery Program
Chapter 9. Routines
Thomas Schack, Blair Whitmarsh, Ron Pike, Chrissy Redden

-Understanding the Rationale for Routines

-Measuring the Effects of Routines on Performance

-Convincing Athletes of the Benefits of Routines

-Types of Routines

-Practical Concerns
Part III: Psychology and the Coach
Chapter 10. Coach–Athlete Relationship
Sophia Jowett, Geoff Paull, Anne Marte Pensgaard, Per Mathias Hoegmo, Hege Riise

-Understanding the Coach–Athlete Relationship

-Influences on the Coach–Athlete Relationship

-Obstacles to Effective Coach–Athlete Relationships

-Facilitating Coach–Athlete Relationships
Chapter 11. Team Cohesion
Ulf Schmidt, Rick McGuire, Sue Humphrey, George Williams, Brian Grawer

-Understanding Team Cohesion

-Relationship Between Team Cohesion and Athletic Performance

-Life of a Team

-Assessing Team Cohesion

-Enhancing Team Cohesion
Part IV: Psychological Problems of Athletes
Chapter 12. Injury
Edmund O'Connor, John Heil, Peter Harmer, Iris Zimmerman

-Patient As Athlete

-Understanding the Psychological Factors of Injury and Rehabilitation

-Path to Rehabilitation Failure

-Path to Rehabilitation Success

-Remarkable Recovery
Chapter 13. Eating Disorders
Judy Goss, Susan Cooper, Danny Stevens, Sheilagh Croxon, Nikki Dryden

-Defining Eating Disorders

-Prevalence of Eating Disorders

-Symptoms of Eating Disorders Among Athletes

-Associated Health Problems

-Causes of Eating Disorders

-Sport-Specific Contributors to Eating Disorders

-Treatment of Eating Disorders

-Prevention of Eating Disorders
Chapter 14. Substance Abuse
Victoria L. Bacon, Bart S. Lerner, Dave Trembley, Michael Seestedt

-Why Athletes Take Drugs

-Commonly Used Substances

-Recognition, Prevention, and Intervention

-Treatment for Substance Abuse

-Drug Treatment Professionals

-Drug Testing
Chapter 15. Career Transitions
Mitchell A. Levy, Lauren Gordon, Roseann Wilson, Casey Barrett

-Definitions of Career Transitions in Sports

-Social and Psychological Explanations of Career Transition

-Causes of Career Transitions

-Psychological Reactions to Career Transition

-Coping Factors Related to Quality of Career Transition

-Career Transition Interventions

-Sample Programs in Sport

-Sample Programs From Dance
About the Editors
About the Contributors

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