Sport Psychology From Theory to Practice

ISBN-10: 080535364X

ISBN-13: 9780805353648

Edition: 4th 2003

Authors: Mark H. Anshel

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This book fills a need for an applied sport psychology book based on credible, published research. A deliberate attempt is made to base application on theory while avoiding scientific and statistical jargon so readers at various levels of education, past experience, and expertise can feel comfortable with the book's content. Sport examples from media publications and from the author's own experiences as a sport psychologist nurture the connection between the professional literature and real-life sport experiences. The opening chapter explains the field of sport psychology, which also encompasses the related field of exercise psychology. Chapter 4 focuses on how coaches and athletes interpret and explain the causes of contest results, and how that plays an important role in future participation. Chapter 5 uncovers the underlying causes of an athlete's emotions just prior to the contest and what one can do about them. To lend additional credence to the application of cited research studies, Chapter 12 includes portions of the author's conversations with many athletes, showing that many ideas believed to be widely held "truths" in the coaching profession often are considered myths by the athletes themselves. For anyone interested in the psychology of sport.
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List price: $127.60
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Benjamin-Cummings Publishing Company
Publication date: 10/23/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 450
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.782
Language: English

Mark H. Anshelis a professor in the Department of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Safety at Middle Tennessee State University. He has consulted with sports teams, ranging from youth sports to professional levels, and has applied the sport psychology literature in both medical and corporate settings. He has consulted with cardiac and pulmonary patients undergoing exercise rehabilitation in hospital settings, consulted with exercisers to enhance exercise performance and adherence in fitness programs, and applied performance psychology concepts in helping corporate clients to reach and sustain high performance under pressure. He is also the author of Aerobics for Fitness (Fifth Edition) and editor of the Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Sciences. He is an active member of the American Psychological Association, Division 47 (Exercise and Sport Psychology), the Association for the Advancement of Applied Sport Psychology, and the Stress and Anxiety Research Society.nbsp;

About the Author
The Science of Sport Psychology
What is Sport Psychology?
What Do Sport Psychologists Do?
A Brief History of Sport Psychology?
Characteristics of Successful Athletes
Personality Traits and Psychological Dispositions
Behavioral Tendencies of Elite Athletes
The Black Athlete
Cognitive Strategies
Effects of Spectators on Performance
Coping with Stress
Psychology of Drug Abuse
Peak Performance
Review Questions
Regulating Anxiety and Arousal
Anxiety and Arousal in Sport
The Coach's Role in Game Preparation
Coaching Strategies for Half-Time and Time-Outs
Incorrect Coaching Strategies That Increase Anxiety and Arousal
The Choking Phenomenon
Strategies for Managing Anxiety and Arousal
Review Questions
Attributions: Explaining the Causes of Performance and Contest Outcomes
Theoretical Basis
Attributions and Gender Differences
Attributions and Skilled Athletes
Learned Helplessness
Attributions and Helplessness: The Coach's Role
Review Questions
Motiving Athletes: Dos and Don'ts
What is Motivation?
Theories of Motivation
How Not
To Motive Athletes
Strategies for Motiving Athletes and Teams
Review Questions
Aggression in Sport
What is Aggression?
Theoretical Bases of Aggression
Aggression and Sport Performance
Implications for Coaches and Athletes
Review Questions
Leadership in Sport: A Matter of Style
Roles of the Coach
Theories of Leadership in Sport
Successful Versus Effective Leadership
Leadership Styles
Application of Different Coaching Styles in Sport
What We Don't Know About Sport Leadership
Leadership Style: A Final Word
Review Questions
Communication Techniques
The Need for Dialogue
The Ten Commandments of Effective Communication in Sport
Approaching the Coach
The Ten Commandments of Effective Communication for Game Officials
Review Questions
The Counseling Coach
What is Counseling?
The Need to Counsel Athletes
The Need for Team Counseling
Fundamental Counseling Skills for the Coach
The Microskills Approach to Counseling
Counseling Techniques for the Coach-Athlete Interview
Short-Term Team Counseling
General Recommendations
Review Questions
Team Climate: Is Everybody Happy?
How a Group Becomes a Team
Traits of an Effective Team
Developing an Effective Team Climate
Group Dynamics: The Roles and Interactions of Team Members
Team Cohesion
Review Questions
Coaching Child Athletes: Special Needs
When Are Children Ready to Compete?
Why Children Participate in Sports
Why Children Drop Out
The Role of Parents
Postseason Evaluation
Coaching Children
Bill of Rights for Young Athletes
Review Questions
The Female Athlete
Brief Historical Perspective
Describing the Female Athlete
Personality Characteristics of Elite Female Athletes
Special Considerations of Female Athletes
Sex Differences in Physical Maturation
Implications for Coaching the Female Athlete
What Female Athletes Have to Say
Review Questions
Conclusions and Future Directions
The Emergence of Exercise Psychology
A Final Word
Research and Measurement in Sport Psychology
Imagery and Progressive Relaxation Sessions
Strategies for Building Self-Confidence
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