Applying Sport Psychology Four Perspectives

ISBN-10: 0736045120

ISBN-13: 9780736045124

Edition: 2005

Authors: Gregory S. Wilson, Jim Taylor

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Imagine being in a room with more than 20 renowned researchers and consultants in sport psychology, who are giving advice to elite coaches and athletes. The sport psychologists delve into numerous topics, such as goal setting, mental imagery, routines, team cohesion, and the coach-athlete relationship. The coaches and athletes augment the recommendations by sharing their perspectives and experiences on each topic. Together, these researchers, consultants, coaches, and athletes bridge the gap between theory and practice in a way that has never been done before.This hypothetical room has been created in Applying Sport Psychology: Four Perspectives. In each chapter four experts present their perspectives based on the current research and their understanding of the topics. Coaches and athletes relate that research to their real-world experiences, providing tips based on what has worked for them on and off the field or court to improve their performances. Students and professionals in sport psychology will benefit by--Gaining four perspectives on each concept and its application.-Learning how to customize those concepts and applications to any situation.-Developing the tools to meet clients' needs and to be a successful sport psychologist.In Applying Sport Psychology: Four Perspectives more than 50 contributors from around the globe make the study of sport psychology come alive. The four perspectives on each topic present a well-rounded approach to understanding team and individual sport performance. Because readers are privy to a conversation of sorts taking place among these four key stakeholders, they will gain understanding from the varying perspectives, increase their knowledge, and improve their interactions with clients.In part I, explore five psychological areas: motivation, confidence, intensity, focus, and emotions. In part II, study the mental tools that athletes can use to improve their training and competitive performances. In part III, examine the roles of coach and team as they affect athletic performance. In part IV, learn about the most serious challenges athletes face and how to overcome them.Applying Sport Psychology: Four Perspectives is focused on the specific issues affecting athletic performance and uses a unique, multiple-perspective approach. With Applying Sport Psychology: Four Perspectives, learn how to apply the theory that helps athletes perform to their potential. With the in-depth analysis and discussions among the authors, students and professionals are provided with a distinctive view into the world of applied sport psychology.
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Book details

List price: $64.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
Publication date: 8/2/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 8.75" wide x 11.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 2.090
Language: English

Preface
Acknowledgments
Psychological Factors in Athletic Performance
Motivation
Sport-Specific Definition of Motivation
Impact of Motivation on Athletic Performance
Sources of Motivation for Sport Participation
Identifying and Strengthening Optimal Motivation Levels
Reaching and Sustaining Ideal Motivation
Confidence
Defining Confidence in Sport
Assessing Confidence
Developing Confidence
Defining the Optimistic Mind-Set
Developing an Optimistic Mind-Set
Intensity
Sport-Specific Definition of Intensity
Identifying Optimal Intensity
General Intensity Control Strategies
Controlling Overintensity
Controlling Underintensity
Focus
Understanding Focus in Sport
Components of Focus
Focus Style
Assessing Focus
Focus Strategies
Focus on the Ultimate Goal
Emotions
Defining Emotions and Emotional Experiences
Emotions and Athletic Performance
Why Athletes Respond Emotionally
Gaining Emotional Mastery
Techniques for Emotional Mastery
Enhancing Athletic Performance
Psychological Assessment
Characteristics of Sound Measures
Uses of Psychological Assessment
Additional Assessment Methods
Goal Setting
Understanding Goal Setting and Sport Performance
Goal-Setting Interventions in Sport
Why Goals Work
Goal-Setting Principles
Goal-Setting Program
Mental Imagery
Understanding the Use of Mental Imagery in Sport
How Does Mental Imagery Work?
Impact of Mental Imagery
Maximizing the Value of Mental Imagery
Contributors to Effective Imagery
Structuring Mental Imagery
Developing a Mental-Imagery Program
Routines
Understanding the Rationale for Routines
Measuring the Effects of Routines on Performance
Convincing Athletes of the Benefits of Routines
Types of Routines
Practical Concerns
Psychology and the Coach
Coach-Athlete Relationship
Understanding the Coach-Athlete Relationship
Influences on the Coach-Athlete Relationship
Obstacles to Effective Coach-Athlete Relationships
Facilitating Coach-Athlete Relationships
Team Cohesion
Understanding Team Cohesion
Relationship Between Team Cohesion and Athletic Performance
Life of a Team
Assessing Team Cohesion
Enhancing Team Cohesion
Psychological Problems of Athletes
Injury
Patient As Athlete
Understanding the Psychological Factors of Injury and Rehabilitation
Path to Rehabilitation Failure
Path to Rehabilitation Success
Remarkable Recovery
Eating Disorders
Definitions of Eating Disorders
Prevalence of Eating Disorders
Symptoms of Eating Disorders Among Athletes
Associated Health Problems
Causes of Eating Disorders
Sport-Specific Contributors to Eating Disorders
Treatment of Eating Disorders
Prevention of Eating Disorders
Substance Abuse
Why Athletes Take Drugs
Commonly Used Substances
Recognition, Prevention, and Intervention
Treatment for Substance Abuse
Drug Treatment Professionals
Drug Testing
Career Transitions
Definitions of Career Transitions in Sports
Social and Pschological Explanations of Career Transition
Causes of Career Transitions
Psychological Reactions to Career Transition
Coping Factors Related to Quality of Career Transition
Career Transition Interventions
Sample Programs in Sport
Sample Programs From Dance
References
Index
About the Editors
About the Contributors
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