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Key Concepts in Sport Psychology
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Key Concepts in Sport Psychology



October 2011 | 232 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

"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:

  • clear definitions
  • up-to-date suggestions for further reading
  • careful cross-referencing.

 Easy to use and intelligently judged this book offers the modern student the basic materials, tools and guidance for planning essays and passing exams.

 
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

Excellent book which will provide an informative guide for students who are working in the sporting environment. Great overview of key areas and current referencing.

Mr Ian Sherwin
Physical Education & Sports Sciences, University of Limerick
November 11, 2014

Brilliant supplemental content for sports psychology (AQA A Level)

Miss Hanna Storey
Sport and Public Services, NEW College Pontefract
September 23, 2014

This is 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.

Mr John Harrison
Care, Sport and Leisure, Tyne Metropolitan College
June 11, 2014

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.

Miss Marie Robbins
Department of Health & Social Studies, Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education
April 8, 2014

I can only recommend this book as supplemental because I don't really see what it offers that is new. It covers a lot of old theory and I feel would benefit from being more targeted at a few key concepts rather than doing a bit of history, a bit of the social stuff, a bit of the cognitive stuff etc.

Mr John Perry
Sport, Health, Leisure and Nutrition, Leeds Trinity and All Saints
April 22, 2013

A good reference of key terms. Which allows HE students to gain a good insight into sports psychology. The range of topics covered is varied and allows for easy reading

Mr Nathan Price
Sport, Stourbridge College
March 27, 2013

Resource tool for assignments

Mr Keith Hennessy
Education , Limerick Institute of Technology
February 4, 2013

The text 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.

Dr Andrew Balsdon
Department of Sport Science, Tourism and Leisure, Canterbury Christ Church University
November 10, 2012

This covers the main topics I would discuss in seminars. Students will be directed to it via our library or bookshop

Mrs Claire Thornton
Sport and Exercise - Lifestyle, Newcastle College
October 11, 2012

concise, cost-effective

Dr Cathy Headley
Exercise & Sport Science, Judson University
June 28, 2012

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter One

Kremer Sample Section 2.5 to 2.9


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