Sport Psychology: From Theory to Practice / Edition 4

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This book fills a need for an applied sport psychology book based on credible, published research. A deliberate attempt is made to base application on theory while avoiding scientific and statistical jargon so readers at various levels of education, past experience, and expertise can feel comfortable with the book's content. Sport examples from media publications and from the author's own experiences as a sport psychologist nurture the connection between the professional literature and real-life sport experiences. The opening chapter explains the field of sport psychology, which also encompasses the related field of exercise psychology. Chapter 4 focuses on how coaches and athletes interpret and explain the causes of contest results, and how that plays an important role in future participation. Chapter 5 uncovers the underlying causes of an athlete's emotions just prior to the contest and what one can do about them. To lend additional credence to the application of cited research studies, Chapter 12 includes portions of the author's conversations with many athletes, showing that many ideas believed to be widely held "truths" in the coaching profession often are considered myths by the athletes themselves. For anyone interested in the psychology of sport.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805353648
  • Publisher: Benjamin Cummings
  • Publication date: 10/28/2002
  • Edition description: 4TH
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 450
  • Product dimensions: 7.52 (w) x 9.13 (h) x 1.01 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark H. Anshel is a professor in the Department of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Safety at Middle Tennessee State University. He has consulted with sports teams, ranging from youth sports to professional levels, and has applied the sport psychology literature in both medical and corporate settings. He has consulted with cardiac and pulmonary patients undergoing exercise rehabilitation in hospital settings, consulted with exercisers to enhance exercise performance and adherence in fitness programs, and applied performance psychology concepts in helping corporate clients to reach and sustain high performance under pressure. He is also the author of Aerobics for Fitness (Fifth Edition) and editor of the Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Sciences. He is an active member of the American Psychological Association, Division 47 (Exercise and Sport Psychology), the Association for the Advancement of Applied Sport Psychology, and the Stress and Anxiety Research Society.

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Table of Contents


About the Author.

1.The Science of Sport Psychology.
What is Sport Psychology?
What Do Sport Psychologists Do?
A Brief History of Sport Psychology?

2.Characteristics of Successful Athletes.
Personality Traits and Psychological Dispositions.
Behavioral Tendencies of Elite Athletes.
The Black Athlete.
Cognitive Strategies.
Effects of Spectators on Performance.
Coping with Stress.
Psychology of Drug Abuse.
Peak Performance.
Review Questions.

3.Regulating Anxiety and Arousal.
Anxiety and Arousal in Sport.
The Coach's Role in Game Preparation.
Coaching Strategies for Half-Time and Time-Outs.
Incorrect Coaching Strategies That Increase Anxiety and Arousal.
The Choking Phenomenon.
Strategies for Managing Anxiety and Arousal.
Review Questions.

4.Attributions: Explaining the Causes of Performance and Contest Outcomes.
Theoretical Basis.
Attributions and Gender Differences.
Attributions and Skilled Athletes.
Learned Helplessness.
Attributions and Helplessness: The Coach's Role.
Review Questions.

5.Motiving Athletes: Dos and Don'ts.
What is Motivation?
Theories of Motivation.
How Not to Motive Athletes.
Strategies for Motiving Athletes and Teams.
Review Questions.

6.Aggression in Sport.
What is Aggression?
Theoretical Bases of Aggression.
Aggression and Sport Performance.
Implications for Coaches and Athletes.
Review Questions.

7.Leadership in Sport: A Matter of Style.
Roles of the Coach.
Theories of Leadership in Sport.
Successful Versus Effective Leadership.
Leadership Styles.
Application of Different Coaching Styles in Sport.
What We Don't Know About Sport Leadership.
Leadership Style: A Final Word.
Review Questions.

8.Communication Techniques.
The Need for Dialogue.
The Ten Commandments of Effective Communication in Sport.
Approaching the Coach.
The Ten Commandments of Effective Communication for Game Officials.
Review Questions.

9.The Counseling Coach.
What is Counseling?
The Need to Counsel Athletes.
The Need for Team Counseling.
Fundamental Counseling Skills for the Coach.
The Microskills Approach to Counseling.
Counseling Techniques for the Coach-Athlete Interview.
Short-Term Team Counseling.
General Recommendations.
Review Questions.

10.Team Climate: Is Everybody Happy?
How a Group Becomes a Team.
Traits of an Effective Team.
Developing an Effective Team Climate.
Group Dynamics: The Roles and Interactions of Team Members.
Team Cohesion.
Review Questions.

11.Coaching Child Athletes: Special Needs.
When Are Children Ready to Compete?
Why Children Participate in Sports.
Why Children Drop Out.
The Role of Parents.
Postseason Evaluation.
Coaching Children.
Bill of Rights for Young Athletes.
Review Questions.

12.The Female Athlete.
Brief Historical Perspective.
Describing the Female Athlete.
Personality Characteristics of Elite Female Athletes.
Special Considerations of Female Athletes.
Sex Differences in Physical Maturation.
Implications for Coaching the Female Athlete.
What Female Athletes Have to Say.
Review Questions.

13.Conclusions and Future Directions.
The Emergence of Exercise Psychology.
A Final Word.

Appendix A: Research and Measurement in Sport Psychology.

Appendix B: Imagery and Progressive Relaxation Sessions.

Appendix C: Strategies for Building Self-Confidence.



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