Sport Psychology: A Complete Introduction is designed to give you everything you need to succeed, all in one place. It covers the key areas that students are expected to be confident in, outlining the basics in clear, jargon-free English and providing added-value features like summaries of key experiments and even lists of questions you might be asked in your seminar or exam.
The book uses a structure that mirrors the way sports psychology is taught on many university courses, and is split into theory and application. Chapters in the first part include coverage of essential personality traits, including mental toughness, confidence, motivation and character. The chapters on applied sports psychology cover topics such as assessment, working with groups, skills training, coping techniques and working with coaches and children. There is also substantial coverage of measurement questionnaires, skills and routes to practice.
Sport Psychology employs the 'Breakthrough Method' to help you advance quickly at any subject, whether you're studying for an exam or just for your own interest. The Breakthrough Method is designed to overcome typical problems you'll face as learn new concepts and skills.
- Problem: "I find it difficult to remember what I've read."; Solution: this book includes end-of-chapter summaries and questions to test your understanding.
- Problem: "Lots of introductory books turn out to cover totally different topics than my course."; Solution: this book is written by a university lecturer who understands what students are expected to know.
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About the Author
John Perry is a lecturer in sports coaching and performance at the University of Hull. He has a PhD in psychology and over ten years' experience in lecturing in sport psychology. His main research areas are mental toughness, coping with stress, sportspersonship, and statistical methods. His research has been published in numerous international journals and presented at many conferences, and he has worked with athletes from a wide range of sports. John is a chartered psychologist, a chartered scientist, an accredited sport and exercise scientist, a fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and an associate fellow of the British Psychological Society.