Psychological Dynamics of Sport and Exercise

Psychological Dynamics of Sport and Exercise

by Diane Gill


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Psychological Dynamics of Sport and Exercise by Diane Gill

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780873229562
Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
Publication date: 04/01/2000
Edition description: REVISED
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 8.70(w) x 11.28(h) x 1.09(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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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