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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Christopher J Graver, PhD, ABPP-CN(Madigan Healthcare System)
Description: Psychology plays a meaningful role in athletics and this book provides an introduction to the specialty of sport and exercise psychology.
Purpose: The main purpose is to provide an introductory textbook for courses in this topic. The secondary purpose is to update the literature and incorporate suggested improvements from students and teachers.
Audience: This book is primarily targeted at those interested in sports psychology, including students of psychology, exercise and movement science, and kinesiology. The authors are well qualified with extensive practical experience and research publications.
Features: The immediate, standout feature is the useful organization of this book. Each chapter begins with key points that readers should learn and understand by chapter's end. There are clear subsections throughout the chapter for the main content and sections that address supplemental areas, such as providing case examples or sample assessment instruments. Each chapter ends with summary points and review questions. The book covers a broad range of topics in sport psychology from group processes to improving performance to the psychological growth of children in athletics. In addition, there are Powerpoint slides, guides for organizing lectures, and a test bank available for instructors. For students, the publisher provides an online study guide.
Assessment: In this edition, the basic structure and approach remain the same. The updates are most noticeable in the additional literature reviews, references to current studies, and discussion of cutting-edge issues. The book is comprehensive and yet written at a level so students can gradually delve into the field without feeling overwhelmed. The additional student and instructor materials are outstanding. This would be an exemplary selection for any instructor teaching a course in this area.