"An excellent text to offer more depth on theories and concepts within Sports Psychology and provide learners with a greater understanding of current psychological theories. The text helps in enforcing knowledge gained and also provides a plethora of references for further reading around any of the chapters covered within the text."
- John Harrison, Tyne Metropolitan College
"This book provides a good introduction to sports psychology, and enables students to obtain a basic understanding of the key concepts. I will recommend this book to my level 4 students."
- Marie Robbins, Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education
"Provided an excellent synthesis of key topics in sport psychology. The content draws upon leaders in the field both from a research and applied sport psychology perspective."
- Andrew Balsdon, Canterbury Christ Church University
This book provides a focused, accurate guide for students working within the dynamic field of sport psychology.
The concise and authoritative entries have been selected by experienced teachers and researchers; each one defines, explains and develops a key topic in sport psychology acting as a springboard for further reading and debate. This is a stimulating and practical resource for students defined by the clarity of writing and relevant examples. Each concept gives the student:
up-to-date suggestions for further reading
Easy to use and intelligently judged this book offers the modern student the basic materials, tools and guidance for planning essays and passing exams.
Dr John Kremer is visiting researcher in Psychology at Queen's University, Belfast. Aidan Moran is Professor of Cognitive Psychology at University College, Dublin. Graham Walker is Professor of Political History at Queen's University, Belfast. Professor Cathy Craig is Head of the Psychology School at Queen's University, Belfast.
PART ONE: INTRODUCING SPORT PSYCHOLOGY The History of Sport Psychology Practising Sport Psychology Ethical Issues Organizations, Sources and Resources PART TWO: ANXIETY AND STRESS Anxiety and Arousal Measuring Stress and Anxiety Pre-Performance Routines Choking Under Pressure Coping Strategies PART THREE: MOTIVATION AND COMMITMENT Sport Participation Motives Burnout and Dropout Goal Setting Fear of Failure and Need to Achieve Self-Determination Theory Achievement Goal Theory Self-Efficacy and Perceived Competence PART FOUR: COGNITIVE PROCESSES IN SPORT Mental Imagery Mental Practice Attention and Concentration Positive Self-Talk and Thought Control Mental Toughness PART FIVE: SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY OF SPORT Team Cohesion Team Building Causal Attribution Social Facilitation and Social Loafing Leadership and Effective Coaching Home Advantage Aggression Fans and Spectators PART SIX: MOTOR SKILLS Motor Development Expertise Decision-Making Practising Motor Skills Analysis and Measurement of Motor Performance PART SEVEN: SPORT AND WELL-BEING Gender Issues Overtraining and Exercise Addiction Injury and Retirement