The Oxford Handbook of Sport and Performance Psychology

Overview

The Oxford Handbook of Sport and Performance Psychology includes the latest research and applied perspectives from leaders in the field of performance psychology. Current and comprehensive, this foundational volume presents sport and performance psychology from myriad perspectives, including:

- individual psychological processes in performance such as attention, imagery, superior performance intelligence, motivation, anxiety, confidence, cognition and emotion
- the social ...

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Overview

The Oxford Handbook of Sport and Performance Psychology includes the latest research and applied perspectives from leaders in the field of performance psychology. Current and comprehensive, this foundational volume presents sport and performance psychology from myriad perspectives, including:

- individual psychological processes in performance such as attention, imagery, superior performance intelligence, motivation, anxiety, confidence, cognition and emotion
- the social psychological processes in performance including leadership, teamwork, coaching, relationships, moral behavior, and gender and cultural issues
- human development issues in performance, such as the development of talent and expertise, positive youth development, the role of the family, end of involvement transitions, and both youth and masters-level sport and physical activity programs
- interventions in sport and performance psychology and counseling of performers in distress including such important issues for all performers as: appearance- and performance-enhancing drug use, injuries, managing pain, eating and weight issues, burnout, and the role of physical activity in maintaining health.

The chapters collected here also cover the history of sport and performance psychology; the scope and nature of the field; ethical issues in sport and performance psychology; performance psychology in the performing arts and other non-sporting fields; perfectionism and performance; the role of the performance coach and of the sport psychologist with a coach and team; supervision; and a look ahead to the future of the field.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Rebecca Anne Zakrajsek, Ph.D., Sport Psychology(University of Tennessee at Knoxville)
Description: This examination of the broad spectrum of research and practice in the psychology of performance excellence is organized into six parts that cover the nature and scope of sport and performance psychology; the individual psychological processes in performance; social psychological processes in performance; human development and performance; interventions in sport and performance psychology; and future directions. This is the first volume in the Oxford Library of Psychology series that focuses on this area.
Purpose: The book takes a holistic approach to sport and performance psychology, considering the life of the whole person while maintaining a central focus on performance.
Audience: According to the editor-in-chief, the handbooks in this series are meant to serve a diverse audience, such as graduate students, faculty mentors, scholars, researchers, and practitioners in psychology and related fields. This handbook is intended as a reference for psychologists, coaches, and students interested in the science of performance excellence, and it would be useful for sport and performance psychology practitioners, scholars, faculty mentors, and graduate students.
Features: This is a comprehensive review and evaluation of past and present scholarship and practice related to the psychology of excellent performance. The first part presents an overview of a broad spectrum of performance psychology issues studied today (e.g., history, ethical issues, superior performance intelligence). Part two discusses individual difference variables and their relationship with performance (e.g., attention, imagery, perfectionism). The chapters in part three highlight performance in groups, teams, relationships, and cultures (e.g., teamwork, coaching, moral behavior, gender, cultural issues) and are followed by chapters in part four that focus on human performance from a developmental perspective (e.g., expertise, talent development, and training). Chapters in part five review interventions and real issues faced by sport and performance consultants (e.g., appearance, injuries, burnout). Lastly, part six consists of one chapter in which three distinguished sport and performance consultants engage in thought-provoking discussions about the future of sport and performance psychology. Perhaps one of the best aspects of this book is its holistic approach to sport and performance psychology — maintaining performance as the central focus while considering the needs of the individual. Dan Gould and E. Missy Wright provide a particularly comprehensive review of the past and current research and practice in the psychology of coaching as well as detailed suggestions related to future scholarship. One unique chapter details superior performance intelligence, a new theoretical concept used to help understand sustained performance success; another presents a discussion of the psychology of pain and performance. The editor identifies a chapter exploring good practices of the "performance coach" as the most challenging assignment in the book.
Assessment: This is a useful resource on key issues and insights in sport and performance psychology. As the first volume in the series to examine research and practice related to the psychology of excellent performance, this book is a unique contribution to the field. Domains such as dance, music, theater, business, executive coaching, the military, and education are discussed in the context of psychology of performance excellence. Because of the breadth and depth of its information, this book is most suitable for graduate students, researchers, and practitioners in sport and performance psychology.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199731763
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 8/16/2012
  • Series: Oxford Library of Psychology Series
  • Pages: 816
  • Sales rank: 1,249,688
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Shane Murphy, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology at Western Connecticut State University, where he teaches sport, health and performance psychology.

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Table of Contents

Preface

Part One: The Nature and Scope of Sport and Performance Psychology

1. History of Sport and Performance Psychology
Alan S. Kornspan

2. The Psychology of Performance in Sport and Other Domains
Kate F. Hays

3. Sport and Performance Psychology: Ethical Issues
Doug Hankes

4. The Role of Superior Performance Intelligence in Sustained Success
Graham Jones

5. Performance Psychology in the Performing Arts
Sanna M. Nordin-Bates

Part Two: Individual Psychological Processes in Performance

6. Concentration: Attention and Performance
Aidan Moran

7. Conscious and Unconscious Awareness in Learning and Performance
Rich Masters

8. Emotional Regulation and Performance
Marc V. Jones

9. Anxiety: Attention, the Brain, the Body, and Performance
Mark R. Wilson

10. Cognitions: Self-Talk and Performance
Yiannis Theodorakis, Antonis Hatzigeorgiadis, and Nikos Zourbanos

11. The Role of Imagery in Performance
Jennifer Cumming and Sarah E. Williams

12. Motivation: Self-Determination Theory and Performance in Sport
Martyn Standage

13. Modeling and Performance
Penny McCullagh, Barbi Law, and Diane Ste-Marie

14. Efficacy Beliefs and Human Performance: From Independent Action to Interpersonal Functioning
Mark R. Beauchamp, Ben Jackson, and Katie L. Morton

15. Perfectionism and Performance
Joachim Stoeber

Part Three: Social Psychological Processes in Performance

16. Teamwork and Performance
Albert V. Carron, Luc Martin, and Todd Loughead

17. Leadership and Manifestations of Sport
Packianathan Chelladurai

18. The Psychology of Coaching
Daniel Gould

19. Moral Behavior in Sport
Maria Kavussanu

20. Gender, Identity, and Sport
Emily A. Roper

21. Relationships and Sport and Performance
Sam Carr

22. Culture/Ethnicity and Performance
Anthony P. Kontos

Part Four: Human Development and Performance

23. A Developmental Approach to Sport Expertise
Jean Côté and Bruce Abernathy

24. Training for Life: Optimizing Youth Development through Sport and Physical Activity
Maureen R. Weiss, Lindsay E. Kipp, and Nicole D. Bolter

25. Talent Development: The Role of the Family
Chris G. Harwood, Julie P. Douglas, and Antoinette M. Minniti

26. Expert Masters Sport Performers: Perspectives on Age-Related Processes, Mechanisms, and Motives
Bradley W. Young and Nikola Medic

27. Transitions: Ending Active Involvement in Sports and Other Competitive Endeavors
Albert J. Petitpas, Taunya Marie Tinsley, and Amy S. Walker

Part Five: Interventions in Sport and Performance Psychology

28. Counseling Performers in Distress
Zella E. Moore

29. Appearance- and Performance-Enhancing Drug Use
Thomas B. Hildebrandt, Eleanna Varangis, and Justine K. Lai

30. Burnout: A Darker Side to Performance
Kate I. Goodger and Martin I. Jones

31. The Body and Performance
William B. Strean and Joseph P. Mills

32. Injury and Performance
John Heil and Leslie Podlog

33. Pain and Performance
John Heil and Leslie Podlog

34. Eating Disorders in Sport
Trent A. Petrie and Christy Greenleaf

35. Physical Activity Interventions
Stuart J. H. Biddle and Trish Gorely

36. The Role of the Sport and Performance Psychologist with the Coach and Team: Implications for Performance Counseling
Christopher M. Carr

37. The Performance Coach
Dave Collins and Sara Kamin

38. Optimal Performance: Elite Level Performance in "The Zone"
Robert Harmison and Kathleen V. Casto

39. Supervision and Mindfulness in Sport and Performance Psychology
Mark Andersen

Part Six: Future Directions

40. Sport and Performance Psychology: A Look Ahead
Kirsten Peterson, Charles Brown, Sean McCann, and Shane M. Murphy

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