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The SAGE Key Concepts series provides students with accessible and authoritative knowledge of the essential topics in a variety of disciplinces. Cross-referenced throughout, the format encourages critical evaluation through understanding. Written by experienced and respected academics, the books are undispensable study aids and guides to comprehension.

Key Concepts in Sport Psychology

'strongly recommend Key Concepts in Sport Psychology to anyone interested in learning more about the international literature in the discipline. The chapters are highly accessible and provide an overview of the issues that not only define the contemporary field but also will continue to shape the future of sport psychology.' David Lavallee, Professor, University of Stirling

This book provides a focused, accurate guide for students working within the dynamic field of sport psychology.

The concise and authoritative entries have been selected by experienced teachers and researchers; each one defines, explains and develops a key topic in sport psychology acting as a springboard for further reading and debate. This is a stimulating and practical resource for students defined by the clarity of writing and relevant examples.

Each concept gives the student:

clear definitions

up-to-date suggestions for further reading

careful cross-referencing

Easy to use and intelligently judged this book offers the modern student the basic materials, tools and guidance for planning essays and passing exams.

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I strongly recommend Key Concepts in Sport Psychology to anyone interested in learning more about the international literature in the discipline. The 37 chapters are highly accessible and provide an overview of the issues that not only define the contemporary field but also will continue to shape the future of sport psychology
Professor David Lavallee
University of Stirling
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781849200523
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 11/9/2011
  • Series: SAGE Key Concepts Series
  • Pages: 232
  • Sales rank: 1,443,240
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

About the Authors ix

Foreword x

1 Introducing Sport Psychology 1

1.1 The History of Sport Psychology 3

1.2 Practising Sport Psychology 8

1.3 Ethical Issues 13

1.4 Organisations, Sources and Resources 19

2 Anxiety and Stress 25

2.5 Anxiety and Arousal 27

2.6 Measuring Stress and Anxiety 32

2.7 Pre-performance Routines 37

2.8 Choking Under Pressure 42

2.9 Coping Strategies 48

3 Motivation and Commitment 55

3.10 Sport Participation Motives 57

3.11 Burnout and Dropout 62

3.12 Goal Setting 66

3.13 Fear of Failure and Need to Achieve 71

3.14 Self-Determination Theory 75

3.15 Achievement Goal Theory 80

3.16 Self-Efficacy and Perceived Competence 85

4 Cognitive Processes in Sport 91

4.17 Mental Imagery 93

4.18 Mental Practice 98

4.19 Attention and Concentration 103

4.20 Positive Self-Talk and Thought Control 108

4.21 Mental Toughness 113

5 Social Psychology of Sport 121

5.22 Team Cohesion 123

5.23 Team Building 128

5.24 Causal Attribution 132

5.25 Social Facilitation and Social Loafing 138

5.26 Leadership and Effective Coaching 143

5.27 Home Advantage 149

5.28 Aggression 154

5.29 Fans and Spectators 159

6 Motor Skills 165

6.30 Motor Development 167

6.31 Expertise 172

6.32 Decision-Making 178

6.33 Practising Motor Skills 183

6.34 Analysis and Measurement of Motor Performance 189

7 Sport and Well-being 195

7.35 Gender Issues 197

7.36 Overtraining and Exercise Addiction 203

7.37 Injury and Retirement 208

Index 215

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