Sport and Exercise Psychology: A Critical Introduction / Edition 2

Sport and Exercise Psychology: A Critical Introduction / Edition 2

by Aidan Moran
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415434300

ISBN-13: 9780415434300

Pub. Date: 03/27/2012

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Although sport is played with the body, it is won in the mind. Inspired by this idea, the second edition of this popular textbook provides a comprehensive critical introduction to sport and exercise psychology – a discipline that is concerned with the theory and practice of helping athletes to do their best when it matters the most.

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Overview

Although sport is played with the body, it is won in the mind. Inspired by this idea, the second edition of this popular textbook provides a comprehensive critical introduction to sport and exercise psychology – a discipline that is concerned with the theory and practice of helping athletes to do their best when it matters the most.

The book is organized into four sections. Part one investigates the nature, foundations and current status of the discipline. Part two reviews the latest research findings on motivation, anxiety, concentration, mental imagery and expertise in athletes. Part three examines group processes and team dynamics. Finally, part four explores exercise behaviour and the psychology of injury rehabilitation. Each chapter contains specially designed critical thinking exercises to encourage the student to explore the deeper issues, and also features an invaluable list of suggestions for independent research projects by students. The text has been extensively re-written and updated with new material to take account of hot topics such as neuroscience and motor imagery, as well as issues such as ‘grunting’ in tennis, the psychology of penalty shootouts, mindfulness training as a concentration technique, the effects of music on physical activity, and ‘exer-gaming’ – the use of computer games to increase physical activity and exercise.

Written in a lively, accessible style, the book is brimful of vivid contemporary examples and insights from the world’s leading athletes, to provide a compelling bridge between theory and practice for undergraduate and postgraduate students of sport psychology, health psychology, sport science, physical education, kinesiology and leisure management.

Instructors who adopt the book will be able to access a wealth of online teaching resources.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415434300
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
03/27/2012
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
464
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.90(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Forewordix
Prefacexi
Acknowledgementsxiii
List of figuresxv
Part 1Introducing sport and exercise psychology1
1Introducing sport and exercise psychology: discipline and profession3
Part 2Exploring athletic performance: key constructs35
2Motivation and goal-setting in sport37
3"Psyching up" and "calming down": anxiety in sport69
4Staying focused in sport: concentration in sport performers101
5Using imagination in sport: mental imagery and mental practice in athletes131
6What lies beneath the surface? Investigating expertise in sport161
Part 3Team cohesion193
7Exploring team cohesion in sport: a critical perspective195
Part 4Exploring health, exercise and injury223
8Does a healthy body always lead to a healthy mind? Exploring exercise psychology225
9Helping athletes to cope with injury: from theory to practice253
Glossary281
References289
Author index323
Subject index333

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