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For the first time, the most influential readings in the field of sport and exercise psychology are compiled here in one volume. Essential Readings in Sport and Exercise Psychology contains the most exciting, innovative, and diverse theoretical orientations and research perspectives generated in the first hundred years of this growing field. In this book, readers will find abridged versions of 50 readings that provide a concise reference to the history, growth, development, and future directions of the field.

The book is written by an all-star cast of sport psychologists—all leading professionals from around the world who have been included in a variety of literature reviews and used as references in numerous sport psychology lectures. From the first research article in the field by Norman Triplett in 1898 to papers regarding the more recent challenges of professional practice in the field, the selections in this compilation are the backbone of sport and exercise psychology. Readers will learn about the development and application of commonly used instruments, such as the Competitive State Anxiety Inventory-II, the Group Environment Questionnaire, and the Sport Imagery Questionnaire. This book contains one of Coleman Griffith's influential early writings, Rainer Martens' explorations of science and practice, Ken Ravizza's pioneering work on peak experience, and Robin Vealey's investigation of psychological skills training. These readings are only a few examples of the depth and richness of the content contained in this single volume.

The field couldn't be more ready for this first-ever compilation of key readings. The diverse selection of writings is a sign of the field's maturity, and each reading provides valuable context to the progress of exercise and sport psychology. Professionals interested in the development of the subdiscipline will find this text to be an excellent single-volume reference of the important primary research documenting the evolution of the field.

Anyone with a passion for sport psychology will benefit from this groundbreaking text. Sport psychology students will gain a solid background for future studies by reviewing proven primary research from the field's biggest names and gain an understanding of how various lines of study have evolved. Experienced scholars and practitioners will enjoy the convenience of having seminal articles all in one essential reference. Instructors will save time by using this inclusive single volume rather than searching for key articles individually.

The 50 essential readings in the landmark text are organized in a logical structure that mirrors the path of many texts in the field. Introductions to each part and article orient the reader to the topic being discussed. Part I establishes the historical foundation of sport and exercise psychology. Part II addresses personal factors that affect our understanding of sport and exercise behavior. Part III focuses on environmental and situational factors that affect athletic behavior. Part IV emphasizes the importance of understanding group processes. Part V examines various concepts associated with performance enhancement. Part VI explores the influence psychological factors have on exercise, health, and wellness. Part VII studies how psychological development, growth, and well-being occur and may be facilitated as consequences of sport and exercise participation. The final section, part VIII, examines professional issues critical to any developing academic organization.

Essential Readings in Sport and Exercise Psychology highlights the creativity and growth in the field and shows how the field will continue to evolve by viewing these readings as the building blocks for a brighter future. There is no better text for understanding the dynamic field of sport and exercise psychology and why it has matured so dramatically and quickly.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Christopher J Graver, PhD, ABPP-CN(Madigan Healthcare System)
Description: There have been several books published in sport psychology in the last year, demonstrating the growing interest in this area. Rather than a traditional introductory book, this one is more of a collection of readings important to anyone in the field.
Purpose: The main purpose is to bring together a collection of articles and book chapters selected by the authors and their colleagues as having particular historical significance, challenging current viewpoints, or disseminating new discoveries.
Audience: The book, according to the editors, is appropriate for anyone from students to experienced sport psychologists.
Features: This is a compilation of articles key to sport psychology, some have been adapted slightly, but most are true to their original form. In addition to the benefit of having these articles collected in one place, the authors have organized them nicely into major sections that include historical foundations, individual differences, sport and exercise environments, group processes, enhancing performance, enhancing health, facilitating growth, and professional issues. Furthermore, each article has an added introduction that summarizes the article, provides context, and the reason it was included. The articles are well selected, but it is the introductions that make the book valuable beyond a simple compilation. Although the need to include seminal articles from the history of sport psychology is understandable, it is unfortunate that there are only three articles from this decade.
Assessment: This is a useful compilation that provides a rich context and historical background for understanding the field. Readers who are not necessarily looking for a textbook will find this a thorough review of the field, but the inclusion of more recent articles would elevate its stock.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736057677
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/24/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 536
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Daniel Smith, PhD, has been an active sport psychology professional for 25 years. Currently he is instructional dean and professor at Cerritos College in Norwalk, California. Dr. Smith served as a sport psychology consultant and faculty member at the National Institute of Education at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. He is coauthor of the Competitive State Anxiety Inventory (CSAI-II). He was the first full-time sport psychologist in a major university athletic program, the University of Illinois. Smith has been a sport psychology consultant to professional sport teams, including the Chicago Bulls, Chicago White Sox, Indiana Pacers, and Buffalo Sabres.

Dr. Smith was on the executive board of the Asian-South Pacific Association of Sport Psychology and was a member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches. He earned a PhD in physical education and sport psychology from the University of Illinois.

He has published extensively in the field of sport psychology and is a certified consultant of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology, where he has an international reputation in this field of study. He has also conducted performance-enhancement workshops for East Singaporean, German, Russian, Japanese, Swedish, French, and Taiwanese elite coaches and athletes.

Michael Bar-Eli is a professor in the department of business administration, and Nat Holman chair in sports research, at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel. He studied psychology and sociology at universities in Israel and Germany. Bar-Eli has published more than 135 international refereed journal articles and book chapters as well as numerous publications in Hebrew and has served as associate editor and section editor of leading sport psychology journals. He held senior psychology positions in the Israel Defense Forces and is psychological consultant to elite athletes and teams in various sports. Bar-Eli is senior vice president of ASPASP (Asian-South Pacific Association of Sport Psychology).

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Table of Contents

Part I: Understanding the Historical Foundations
1. The Dynamogenic Factors in Pacemaking and Competition
Norman Triplett

2. The Relation of Strength of Stimulus to Rapidity of Habit Formation
Robert M. Yerkes and John D. Dodson

3. Getting Ready to Coach
Coleman Griffith

4. America's First Sport Psychologist
Walter Kroll and Guy Lewis

5. About Smocks and Jocks
Rainer Martens

Part II: Understanding Individual Differences Among Sport Participants
6. The Trait Psychology Controversy
William P. Morgan

7. Emotions and Athletic Performance: Individual Zones of Optimal Functioning Model
Yuri L. Hanin

8. A Multidimensional Theory of Competitive State Anxiety
Rainer Martens, Damon Burton, Robin S. Vealey, Linda A. Bump, and Daniel E. Smith

9. Motivation in Sport Settings: A Goal Perspective Approach
Joan L. Duda

10. Does the Iceberg Profile Discriminate Between Successful and Less Successful Athletes? A Meta-Analysis
Allan J. Rowley, Daniel M. Landers, L. Blaine Kyllo, and Jennifer L. Etnier

11. Personality and Intellectual Capabilities in Sport Psychology
Gershon Tenenbaum and Michael Bar-Eli

Part III: Understanding Sport and Exercise Environments
12. Peak Experiences in Sport
Kenneth Ravizza

13. Cooperative Games: Systematic Analysis and Cooperative Impact
T.D. Orlick, Jane McNally, and Tom O'Hara

14. Behavioral Research and Intervention in Youth Sports
Ronald E. Smith and Frank L. Smoll

15. Factors Influencing the Occurrence of Flow State in Elite Athletes
Susan A. Jackson

16. Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivation in Sport: Toward a Hierarchical Model
Robert J. Vallerand and Stéphane Perrault

Part IV: Understanding Group Processes
17. Team Performance Outcome and the Cohesiveness of Competitive Coacting Groups
Daniel M. Landers and Günther Lüschen

18. Cohesiveness and Performance in Sport Groups
Diane L. Gill

19. Dimensions of Leader Behavior in Sports: Development of a Leadership Scale
Packianathan Chelladurai and S.D. Saleh

20. The Development of an Instrument to Assess Cohesion in Sport Teams: The Group Environment Questionnaire
Albert V. Carron, W. Neil Widmeyer, and Lawrence R. Brawley

21. Building Bridges for Disengagement: The Transition Process for Individuals and Teams
Steven J. Danish, Susanna S. Owens, Scott L. Green, and John P. Brunelle

Part V: Enhancing Performance
22. The Arousal–Performance Relationship Revisited
Daniel M. Landers

23. The Effects of Mental Practice on Motor Skill Learning and Performance: A Meta-Analysis
Deborah L. Feltz and Daniel M. Landers

24. The Application of Sport Psychology for Performance Optimization
Daniel Gould and Robert C. Eklund

25. Mental Training With Children for Sport and Life
Terry Orlick and Nadeane McCaffrey

26. The Coleman Roberts Griffith Address: Three Myths About Applied Consultancy Work
Lew Hardy

27. Imagery Use by Athletes: Development of the Sport Imagery Questionnaire
Craig R. Hall, Diane E. Mack, Allan Paivio, and Heather A. Hausenblas

28. Reliability and Validity of the Attentional and Interpersonal Style (TAIS) Inventory Concentration Scales
Robert M. Nideffer

29. Self-Confidence and Sports Performance
Deborah L. Feltz

30. Future Directions in Psychological Skills Training
Robin S. Vealey

31. Effect of Goal Difficulty, Goal Specificity and Duration of Practice Time Intervals on Muscular Endurance Performance
Michael Bar-Eli, Gershon Tenenbaum, Joan S. Pie, Yaacov Btesh, and Asher Almog

Part VI: Enhancing Health and Well-Being
32. Toward a Cognitive-Affective Model of Athletic Burnout
Ronald E. Smith

33. A Model of Stress and Athletic Injury: Prediction and Prevention
Mark B. Andersen and Jean M. Williams

34. Historical and Conceptual Roots of Exercise Psychology
W. Jack Rejeski and Amy Thompson

35. Increasing Physical Activity: A Quantitative Synthesis
Rod K. Dishman and Janet Buckworth

36. Psychological Effects of Endogenous Testosterone and Anabolic-Androgenic Steroids
Michael S. Bahrke

37. Social Influence and Exercise: A Meta-Analysis
Albert V. Carron, Heather A. Hausenblas, and Diane E. Mack

38. Exercise Motivation Across the Life Span
Stuart J.H. Biddle

Part VII: Facilitating Psychological Growth and Development
39. Coach Effectiveness Training: A Cognitive-Behavioral Approach to Enhancing Relationship Skills in Youth Sport Coaches
Ronald E. Smith, Frank L. Smoll, and Bill Curtis

40. Understanding Attrition in Children's Sport
Daniel Gould

41. Sport as a Context for Developing Competence
Steven J. Danish, Albert J. Petitpas, and Bruce D. Hale

42. Can Sports Build Character?
David Light Shields and Brenda Light Bredemeier

43. Toward a Multidimensional Definition of Sportsmanship
Robert J. Vallerand, Paul Deshaies, Jean-Pierre Cuerrier, Nathalie M. Briere, and Luc G. Pelletier

44. “That's What Friends Are For”: Children's and Teenagers' Perceptions of Peer Relationships in the Sport Domain
Maureen R. Weiss, Alan L. Smith, Marc Theeboom

Part VIII: Understanding Professional Issues
45. Science, Knowledge, and Sport Psychology
Rainer Martens

46. Critical Issues Confronting the Advancement of Applied Sport Psychology
John M. Silva III, David E. Conroy, and Samuel J. Zizzi

47. Applied Sport Psychology: Issues and Challenges
Robert S. Weinberg

48. The Coleman Roberts Griffith Address: Toward the Integration of Theory, Research, and Practice in Sport Psychology
Albert V. Carron

49. Ethical Beliefs and Behaviors in Applied Sport Psychology: The AAASP Ethics Survey
Albert J. Petitpas, Britton W. Brewer, Patricia M. Rivera, and Judy L. Van Raalte

50. Certification in Sport and Exercise Psychology
Samuel Zizzi, Leonard Zaichkowsky, and Frank M. Perna

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