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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: 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.