This book provides an introductory-level look at the opportunities and goals in the field of sport and exercise psychology. It gives readers with little or no background in psychology or sport science an opportunity to see the objectives that researchers and practitioners in the field seek out, the careers available and educational qualifications necessary to enter the field. After two chapters explaining what sport and exercise psychology is and what opportunities there are for people interested in pursuing a career in it, the book consists of seven chapters highlighting the key objectives for people at work in the field. Each chapter provides an overview of that area, how and where this information is used, who uses the information, research support for providing these interventions and finally who provides the sport and exercise psychology related services to athletes and exercisers.
Alan Kornspan has been involved in teaching sport psychology for the past 11 years. He is active in the profession as a member of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology and also an Associate Editor for the Association for Applied Sport Psychology Newsletter. Kornspan has also achieved a doctorate in Sport Behavior from West Virginia University and has published research articles in the one of the most well known journals in sport psychology: The Sport Psychologist.
Part I. Welcome to Sport and Exercise Psychology; Chapter 1. What Is Sport and Exercise Psychology?; Chapter 2. What Can I Do With Sport and Exercise Psychology?; Part II. Goals of Sport and Exercise Psychology; Chapter 3. Enhancing the Performance of Individual Athletes; Chapter 4. Enhancing the Performance of Teams; Chapter 5. Creating a Positive Sport Environment; Chapter 6. Assessing an Athlete's Mental Skills; Chapter 7. Caring for Athletes; Chapter 8. Helping Athletes With Mental Health Issues: A Clinical Approach; Chapter 9. Using Psychology to Encourage Exercise and Fitness Involvement.