Sport Psychology: Concepts and Applications shows how concepts supported by current scientific research can be used to address issues and situations encountered everyday by physical activity specialists, coaches, athletic trainers, and athletes.
This introduction to sport and exercise psychology addresses practical issues, such as dealing with anxiety, arousal, and stress; developing coping, relaxation, motivation, and energizing strategies; understanding the effects of an audience on human performance; building team cohesion; and preventing burnout and other negative effects.
Richard H. Cox received his PhD in Sport Psychology and Motor Learning from the University of Oregon in 1973 and his Master's and undergraduate degrees from Brigham Young University in 1967 and 1968. Widely published in the areas of sport psychology, exercise psychology, and motor learning, Dr. Cox was a faculty member at Kansas State University for 12 years, Ball State University for 4 years, and is now in his 15th year at the University of Missouri-Columbia, where he has served as chair of the Department of Exercise and Sport Sciences and chair of the Department of Education, School and Counseling Psychology and Director of the Sport Psychology program in Counseling Psychology. Dr. Cox is a Fellow in the Research Consortium of the American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance and a Certified Consultant in the Association for the Advancement of Applied Sport Psychology.
PART I. Understanding Sport Psychology 1 Foundations of Sport Psychology2 Personality as a Core Characteristic of the Athlete PART II. Motivation in Sport and Exercise3 Self-Confidence and Intrinsic Motivation4 Goal Perspective Theory5 Youth SportsPART III. Effects of Attention, Emotion, and Mood on Performance6 Attention and Concentration in Sport and Exercise7 Anxiety, Stress, and Mood Relationships8 Alternatives to Inverted-U TheoryPART IV.Cognitive and Behavioral Interventions 9 Coping and Intervention Strategies in Sport10 Goal Setting in Sport11 Imagery and Hypnosis in Sport 12 Psychological Skills TrainingPART V. Social Psychology of Sport 13 Aggression and Violence in Sport 14 Audience and Self-Presentation Effects in Sport15 Team Cohesion in Sport16 Leadership and Communication in Sport PART VI. Psychobiology of Sport and Exercise17 Exercise Psychology18 The Psychology of Athletic Injuries and Career Termination19 Drug Abuse in Sport and Exercise