Fundamentals of Sport and Exercise Psychology

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Fundamentals of Sport and Exercise Psychology provides a preparatory look at the opportunities and goals in the field of sport and exercise psychology. Rather than focus on theory and concepts, this text answers basic questions for newcomers to the field by providing information on what sport and exercise psychology is and what it has to offer. It integrates applied and career information to show the basic principles of the field, contains information on where sport and exercise psychology professionals work, the types of jobs they hold, the services they provide, and the opportunities available to those thinking of entering the field.

Engaging for readers of all levels, this book provides a clear and motivating vision of the future of the field and an update of the various career opportunities available. Throughout the resource, many features bring the practical aspects of sport and exercise psychology to life for those wondering what sport and exercise psychology is all about:

-Success Stories highlight influential practicing sport psychologists and mental training consultants to give readers an idea of how researchers and professionals are applying their knowledge in jobs and the many possible career paths available.

-Psychological Insights pull readers into the text with quirky or surprising “Did you know?” facts.

-Numerous quotes emphasize what sport and exercise psychologists, practitioners, and athletes in the real world have to say about the topic at hand.

-Real-life examples introduce readers to the possibilities ahead and get them excited about where further study can lead.

-The appendixes contain additional resources that students can consult as they continue their career journey and provide tips for applying the principles of sport and exercise psychology in various professions.

Fundamentals of Sport and Exercise Psychology examines what sport and exercise psychologists do, what they study, and how these factors relate to the real world. Part I of the text presents an overview of exercise and sport psychology, its current status within kinesiology, and the various career paths available. Part II explores the key objectives for people actually working in the field. Each of the seven chapters in part II covers an area commonly discussed in sport and exercise psychology, giving readers a better understanding of the main directions and visions for the field. Readers will briefly look at how sport psychology professionals and educators enhance the performance of individual athletes and teams, teach others how to create a positive sport environment, assess the mental skills of athletes, care for injured athletes, and encourage involvement in exercise and fitness. The emerging areas of counseling athletes regarding life skills and clinical issues are also discussed.

To provide a convenient cost-effective option, Fundamentals of Sport and Exercise Psychology is also available as an e-book. The e-book is available at a reduced price and allows students to electronically highlight text and take notes. When purchased through the Human Kinetics site, access to the e-book is immediately granted when the order is received.

This text is the first in the new Human Kinetics Fundamentals of Sport and Exercise Science series. The series helps students and professionals understand the basic topics, goals, and applications of the many subdisciplines in kinesiology. This and other books in the series provide a solid grounding that readers can use as a jumping-off point for further study.

Fundamentals of Sport and Exercise Psychology will leave students with a clear understanding of what sport and exercise psychology professionals do and where they work. Just as important, the book will motivate them to continue their exploration of the many rewarding career paths the field has to offer.

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Reviewer: Eduardo E Bustamante, B.S.(UIC College of Applied Health Sciences)
Description: This is an introduction to sport and exercise psychology, its concerns and associated career opportunities.
Purpose: The book provides an exceptionally strong introduction to sport psychology. Unfortunately, it disappoints as an introduction to exercise psychology.
Audience: Students and professionals interested in learning more about sport and exercise psychology are the intended audience. The author appears very knowledgeable in sport psychology, but less so in exercise psychology.
Features: The greatest obstacle to overcome when writing an introductory book in these fields is that they often seem abstract and intangible. Sports psychologists exist in the public imagination as sort of mysterious guru advisors to the stars. The book overcomes this by presenting client testimonies, profiles of practitioners, job descriptions and opportunities, and a detailed history of the field. The great effort put into providing readers with a comprehensive list of current events in the field of sport psychology pays off. Readers will come away with the feeling that careers in sport and exercise psychology are not only meaningful and fascinating, but real and achievable. This book is ideal for students and professionals interested in learning more about sport psychology, but it is not an adequate introduction to exercise psychology. The two fundamental areas of concern in exercise psychology are the psychological antecedents of exercise and the psychological consequences of exercise. The book inadequately addresses the former and completely ignores the latter.
Assessment: Those interested in a general introduction to sport psychology have hit the jackpot with this book. Those interested in an introduction to exercise psychology should look elsewhere.
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Meet the Author

Alan S. Kornspan, EdD, is an associate professor at the University of Akron in Akron, Ohio. He has taught sport psychology for over 11 years. His research has focused primarily on historical issues related to sport and exercise psychology. His research articles have been published in such journals as The Sport Psychologist, the Journal of Sport Behavior, and the Journal of Mental Imagery.

Kornspan is an active member of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP), serves as the associate editor of its newsletter, was a member of the AASP graduate training committee, and is currently a member of the AASP organizational outreach committee. He earned his EdD in sport behavior from West Virginia University.

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Table of Contents

Part I. Welcome to Sport and Exercise Psychology

Chapter 1. What Is Sport and Exercise Psychology?
Origins in Psychology and Physical Education
Psychology of Sport: 1900 to 1920
Psychology of Sport: 1920s and 1930s
Psychology of Sport: 1940s to 1960s
Psychology of Sport: 1970s to 1990s
Current Status of the Field of Sport Psychology
Professional Practice Issues in Sport Psychology
The Short of It

Chapter 2. What Can I Do With Sport and Exercise Psychology?
Academic Path
Professional Path
Other Paths Incorporating Sport and Exercise Psychology
The Short of It

Part II. Goals of Sport and Exercise Psychology

Chapter 3. Enhancing the Performance of Individual Athletes
Cognitive-Behavioral Model of Sport Consultation
Where Does Mental Training Occur?
What Mental Training Skills Are Taught to Athletes?
Research Support for Teaching Mental Skills to Athletes
Who Provides Performance Enhancement Services to Athletes?
The Short of It

Chapter 4. Enhancing the Performance of Teams
Overview of Team Building
Where Does Team Building Occur?
What Team-Building Activities Are Taught to Athletes?
Research Support for Teaching Team Building
Who Provides Team-Building Services to Sport Teams?
The Short of It

Chapter 5. Creating a Positive Sport Environment: Leadership, Motivation, and Communication
Importance of Creating a Positive Sport Environment
Where Do Coaches Learn to Create a Positive Environment?
What Methods Do Consultants Teach to Coaches?
Research Support for Providing a Positive Sport Environment
Who Provides Consulting on Positive Sport Environments?
The Short of It

Chapter 6. Assessing Athletes' Mental Skills
Overview of Assessment for Sport Organizations and Teams
Where Do Assessments Occur?
How Is Assessment Used in Sport Psychology?
Issues in Psychological Testing
Research Support for Using Assessments With Athletes
Who Provides Psychological Testing Services?
The Short of It

Chapter 7. Caring for Athletes: General Well-Being and Recovery From Injury
What Is Psychology of Rehabilitation From Athletic Injury?
How Do Athletes Respond to Injury?
Referrals to Sport Psychologists
What Interventions Are Provided to Injured Athletes?
Research Support for Injury Counseling
Who Provides Sport Psychology and Counseling Services to Injured Athletes?
What Are the Unique Developmental Concerns of Athletes?
Where Are Personal Development Services Provided and Who Provides Them?
Research Support for Personal Development Services
The Short of It

Chapter 8. Helping Athletes With Mental Health Issues: A Clinical Approach
What Is Clinical Sport Psychology?
Responsibilities of a Clinical or Counseling Sport Psychologist
Where Does Clinical Sport Psychology Take Place?
What Occurs in Clinical Sport Psychology?
Mental Health Issues Treated By Clinical Sport Psychologists
Research Support for Clinical Sport Psychology Services
Who Provides Clinical Sport Psychology Services?
The Short of It

Chapter 9. Using Psychology to Encourage Involvement in Exercise and Fitness
What Is Exercise Psychology?
Where Does Exercise Psychology Take Place?
What Services Are Provided in Exercise Psychology?
What Interventions Are Used in the Exercise Process?
Research Support for Exercise Psychology Services
Who Provides Exercise Psychology Services?
The Short of It

Appendix A: Learn More About Sport and Exercise Psychology
Appendix B: Tips for Implementing Sport and Exercise Psychology

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