Reviewer: Edward M. Heath, PhD (University of Texas El Paso College of Nursing & Health Sciences)
Description: This is the second edition of a comprehensive textbook on human behavior in sport and exercise previously published in 1995. The authors have made substantial changes from the first edition. The changes include updated information in every chapter on the latest research and practice in sport and exercise psychology as well as more practical examples to aid students in applying important concepts.
Purpose: The purpose is to develop a text for introductory sport and exercise psychology classes that bridges the gap between research and practice. The development of such an inclusive text in this area is certainly worthwhile and more than meets the goals of the authors.
Audience: The book is predominantly targeted at undergraduate students in sport and exercise psychology but will also be an excellent resource for individuals working in all aspects of sport and exercise where the psychological aspects are sometimes ignored. There is no question that these two authors are authorities in sport and exercise psychology.
Features: The book includes nearly every conceivable aspect of sport and exercise psychology from group dynamics to health and wellness issues. One of the most helpful aspects of the book is the way the authors bring in examples in sport that the reader can identify with and relate to. They give an example on leadership of Michael Jordan's 38-point performance in Game 5 of the 1987 NBA finals when he was ill. Another invaluable feature is the blue boxes throughout the book that highlight moreinformation on a topic, research, case studies, and application.
Assessment: The authors have done an admirable job of updating their first edition and have developed an excellent text that will hold the interest of students as well as serve as a useful source for people in the field of sport and exercise.