Psychological Dynamics of Sport and Exercise

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Psychological Dynamics of Sport and Exercise, Second Edition is extensively revised to reflect the tremendous growth of the sport and exercise psychology field since 1986, when the first edition was released. Internationally renowned sport psychologist Diane Gill presents a text combining comprehensive theory and research-based coverage of social, health, and applied sport and exercise psychology. This book will provide students with a current overview of the field, and it will provide researchers and ...

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Overview

Psychological Dynamics of Sport and Exercise, Second Edition is extensively revised to reflect the tremendous growth of the sport and exercise psychology field since 1986, when the first edition was released. Internationally renowned sport psychologist Diane Gill presents a text combining comprehensive theory and research-based coverage of social, health, and applied sport and exercise psychology. This book will provide students with a current overview of the field, and it will provide researchers and practitioners with a solid foundation for further study or research.

This advanced edition features new chapters focusing on approaches to knowledge, goal setting, stress management, and psychological skills training, plus updated material on personality, self-perceptions, motivations, social relations, and group dynamics. Additional highlights include an up-to-date synthesis of exciting advances in the field and a more in-depth overview of the subject than its predecessor. Psychological Dynamics of Sport and Exercise, Second Edition features a fresh design with more art and photos as well as features to optimize student learning, including chapter learning objectives, chapter summaries, key points, review questions, and key references--an annotated list of recommended readings.

Part I, provides a framework for the psychological dynamics of sport and exercise. The focus and scope, historical roots, and varying approaches to sport and exercise psychology are explored.
Part II, focuses on individual characteristics that influence behavior by examining literature on personality and sport-specific psychological skills as well as individual differences in attention and cognitive styles and self-perceptions.
Part III, examines motivational processes in sport and exercise by covering major theories and current research on achievement, competitiveness, competitive anxiety, and emotion.
Part IV, places the emphasis on practical application and examines research and practical guidelines related to psychological skills training interventions for individuals in sport and exercise settings.
Part V, emphasizes social influences on behavior in sport and exercise settings by exploring interpersonal relations and group processes.

Psychological Dynamics of Sport and Exercise, Second Edition is an excellent text and outstanding reference. Comprehensive, revised, and expanded, it's a must-have for a complete, succinct overview of sport and exercise psychology.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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In this update of the 1986 edition (, Human Kinetics), Gill (educational sports science, U. of North Carolina, Greensboro) overviews the theoretical and research foundations of the fast-paced field of applied sport and exercise psychology. New chapters treat approaches to knowledge, goal- setting, stress management, and psychological skills training. Revised material is presented on personality, motivation, and group dynamics. Includes review questions and recommended reading. Appends a sports competition anxiety test, and a progressive relaxation exercise. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780873229562
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/1/2000
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.28 (h) x 1.09 (d)

Meet the Author

Diane L. Gill is a professor and former head of the Department of Exercise and Sports Science at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. She was editor of the Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, and serves on editorial the boards of several sport and exercise psychology publications. She was president of the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (NASPSPA), Association for the Advancement of Applied Sport Psychology (AAASP) charter member and fellow, and current president of Division 47 (Exercise and Sport) of the American Psychological Association (APA). Her research interests focus on physical activity and psychological well being across the lifespan, with an emphasis in social psychology.

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Table of Contents

Part I. Overview of Sport and Exercise Psychology
Chapter 1. The Focus and Scope of Sport and Exercise Psychology
Chapter 2. History of Sport and Exercise Psychology
Chapter 3. Approaches to Knowledge in Sport and Exercise Psychology

Part II. Individual Characteristics Influencing Sport and Exercise Behavior
Chapter 4. Personality
Chapter 5. Attention and Cognitive Styles
Chapter 6. Self-Perceptions

Part III. Motivation
Chapter 7. Participation Motivation
Chapter 8. Motivation Orientations: Achievement and Competitiveness
Chapter 9. Cognitive Approaches to Motivation
Chapter 10. Emotions and Stress
Chapter 11. Competitive Anxiety

Part IV. Psychological Interventions for Individuals
Chapter 12. Cognitive Interventions
Chapter 13. Stress Management
Chapter 14. Educational Sport Psychology and Psychological Skills Training

Part V. Social Processes
Chapter 15. Behavioral Approaches
Chapter 16. Social Development and Sport
Chapter 17. Aggression and Prosocial Behavior
Chapter 18. Gender and Social Diversity
Chapter 19. Social Influence
Chapter 20. Group Processes and Performance
Chapter 21. Interpersonal Relationships and Cohesion

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