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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: 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.