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Can a better understanding of group dynamics raise individual and team athletic performance or improve the outcomes of exercise interventions?
Much human behaviour in sport and exercise settings is embedded within groups where individuals’ cognitions, emotions, and behaviours influence and are influenced by other group members. Group Dynamics in Exercise and Sports Psychology: Contemporary Themes explores the unique psychological dynamics that emerge in sport and exercise groups. It provides a clear and thorough guide to contemporary theory and research. Recommendations are also presented to inform applied psychology ‘best practice’.
Drawing together the expertise of international specialists from sports and exercise psychology, the text covers core themes as well as emerging issues in group dynamics. The text is organised into four sections:
Part 1: The Self in Groups
Part 2: Leadership in Groups
Part 3: Group Environment
Part 4: Motivation in Groups
Group Dynamics in Exercise and Sports Psychology: Contemporary Themes will be of interest to psychology, kinesiology, sport and exercise science students and researchers, as well as to consultants and coaches.
Part 1: The Self in Groups 1. Emotional Intelligence – A Framework for Examining Emotions in Sport and Exercise Groups 2. Personality Processes and Intra-Group Dynamics in Sport Teams Part 2: Leadership in Groups 3. Transformational Leadership and Sports Psychology 4. Coach-Athlete Relationships Ignite Sense of Groupness 5. Proxy Agency in Physical Activity Part 3: Group Environment 6. Role Perceptions in Sport Groups 7. Group Cohesion in Sport and Exercise: Past, Present, and Future 8. Group Integration Interventions in Exercise: Theory, Practice, and Future Directions 9. Gendered Social Dynamics in Sport Part 4: Motivation in Groups 10. Self-Determined Motivation in Sport and Exercise Groups 11. Group Functioning through Optimal Achievement Goals 12. Exploring New Directions in Collective Efficacy and Sport