Sport Psychology Books
Advances in Sport Psychology
Call Number: qGV 706.4 .A38 2008
Publication Date: 2008-03-24
The updated third edition of Advances in Sport Psychology offers a view of the latest research in the field of sport psychology. The text is written by 34 of the field's most prolific researchers and scholars, including Maureen Weiss, Shane Murphy, and Albert Carron. These contributors extend the boundaries that have defined the field and provide a clear direction for future research. This third edition has been completely revised to reflect the advances that have occurred in the field within the past several years. The text provides readers with a complete picture of current research and emerging topics in sport psychology while challenging researchers to examine the factors that keep this discipline growing. Advances in Sport Psychology, Third Edition, provides a fresh look at sport psychology with these features: -Four new chapters on qualitative research methods, achievement goal theories, self-confidence, and family and peer influences -Significant revisions of the second-edition chapters, along with more concise overviews of individual topics -An analysis and synthesis of the state of knowledge for each topic and a discussion of future research directions The text focuses on the most important and active areas of current research, which recognize the merging of individual and socioenvironmental factors in making sense of sport performance and behavior. Each chapter includes a definition of terms, an explanation of the chapter's scope, and an outline of the sections. The author then provides a review of the available research and theory on the chapter's main topic, analyzes the state of knowledge in the area, and devotes significant space to future research directions. The book is divided into four parts. Part I offers a comprehensive introduction to the field, including definitions, history, and research paradigms and methodologies. Part II explores individual characteristics that affect sport participants' behavior, including self-perceptions, attributional patterns and perceptions of control, motivational orientations, and achievement goal perspectives. Part III explores socioenvironmental factors that affect sport participants' behaviors. Part IV delves into the research and theory concerning intervention techniques used for enhancing performance and modifying athletes' behaviors, including imagery and mental rehearsal, attentional processes, goal setting, and flow and peak performance. Advances in Sport Psychology, Third Edition, offers a new and thorough understanding of where sport psychology has been, where it is now, and where it is headed. This text will help students prepare and conduct their own research, and it will be a great reference for professionals who want to stay on the cutting-edge of the field.
Anger Management in Sport; Understanding and Controling Violence in Athletes
Call Number: RC 451.4 .A83 2010
Publication Date: 2010-01-25
Anger management is becoming an increasingly significant area of study in sport. This issue affects all people involved in the sporting environment, yet few sport professionals, coaches, or administrators fully understand anger in sport and how to work with athletes to overcome the problem. Anger Management in Sport: Understanding and Controlling Violence in Athletes addresses this important topic and provides strategies and interventions for overcoming excessive anger and aggression in athletes. The provocative book challenges long-held assumptions and points the way to further research and discussion. With its accessible format and proactive approach, Anger Management in Sport is an ideal resource for practitioners at all levels of sport who work with athletes and anger, both on and off the field. The author draws on his unique background and clinical experiences creating and implementing anger management skills for a variety of populations—from high school athletes to prison inmates. His unique insight will stimulate discussion on a range of issues associated with anger in sport, including mental illness, drugs, and differences and similarities in amateur and professional athletes. Readers will understand not only how to approach an anger problem but also how to help an athlete work to manage emotions. Rather than eliminate old explanations, the book paves the way to a new understanding of issues vital to the health of sport. Chapters 1 and 2 help readers better understand anger and violence and how to assess anger in sport. Anger, aggression, violence, and hostility are defined so that readers will understand the conceptual differences between each. Chapter 3 discusses the athletic culture and how anger is uniquely considered in sports. Readers will recognize some instances of anger in sport through the discussion of such high-profile events as the Baylor University basketball scandal, the O.J. Simpson trial, and the infamous 2004 Pacers-Pistons NBA melee in Detroit involving crowd aggression. Chapters 5 and 6 examine mental illness and drugs in sport. Chapters 7 through 9 tackle anger management programs, systematic interventions for athletes, and prevention of sexual violence. Real-world situations presented in the text will engage readers and help them picture how to use anger management skills in their own lives and careers. By considering the various stakeholders involved and the preventive measures that can be taken, researchers and professionals will step closer to discovering best practices and strategies for anger management in today’s sport society. Although helping athletes deal with anger is an important part of sport, there is little research to address the key issues regarding this difficult subject. Anger Management in Sport will help readers understand the causes for anger in sport and how to help athletes who demonstrate aggressive behavior. It will shed light on an uncharted issue and provide direction for future research in the area.
Overtraining Athletes: Personal Journeys in Sport
Call Number: qGV 711.5 .R53 2008
Publication Date: 2008-04-18
Overtraining Athletes: Personal Journeys in Sport seeks to communicate the complex subject of overtraining to help athletes, coaches, parents, and sport science professionals understand the dangers of overtraining and take steps toward prevention. Using history and research, current experts' perspectives, and athletes' personal experiences, Overtraining Athletes identifies forces that push athletes to overtrain by sharing the struggles of those athletes and the sport professionals who seek to help them. The text employs a nonlinear structure, allowing the flexibility to sample chapters from each of its four parts based on interest and level of knowledge about the topic. By presenting the phenomenon of overtraining from a variety of perspectives and with varying degrees of technicality, the book engages a wide range of readers while presenting significant research and studies in the area. Each of the four parts of the text displays a distinct method for discovering how overtraining affects athletes, coaches, parents, and professionals. Part I begins with a review of research examining aspects of overtraining, including prevalence, physiological and psychological manifestations, and outcomes. It concludes by discussing risk factors that increase the probability of overtraining. In part II coaches' and sport scientists' views on overtraining risk factors are presented. The authors interviewed 14 experts from major sport organizations in Australia to glean their perspectives on the possible variables associated with overtraining. With the perspectives of these experts, readers may identify the characteristics, behaviors, and experiences of susceptible athletes, as well as the situations, factors, sport cultures, and people that both pressure athletes to increase their training and affect athletes' needs for recovery. In part III the focus turns to the experiences of the athletes. Drawing on interviews from 13 athletes with identified histories of chronic overtraining, the authors present three aggregate case studies: -A professional footballer influenced by economic forces, internalized clichéd slogans, tough sport cultures, and traditional abusive practices -A triathlete obsessed with the pursuit of the Olympic gold -A young gymnast-turned-cyclist pressured by abusive coaches and an overinvolved parent These three narratives, in addition to a description of Richardson's own overtraining experience, create a rich, detailed account of athletes' struggles with overtraining. Part III concludes with observations and reflections on these four overtraining narratives to further explain how readers can learn from these athletes. In part IV, the authors introduce a comprehensive model of overtraining risks and outcomes. This model is examined in relation to other overtraining models, thus accentuating its importance as a useful, fluid tool for identifying athletes who might be at risk as well as environments and cultures that increase vulnerability to overtraining. Part IV concludes with a discussion of future directions for research and professional practice and suggestions for further study. Overtraining Athletes uncovers both the personal and interpersonal struggles encountered by athletes who overtrain. Its qualitative focus, current research, and future directions encourage readers to learn about the topic and take action in the treatment and prevention of overtraining. The authors hope the book will also encourage others to tell their stories, gather new data, and continue to unravel the question of why athletes become damaged through their participation in sport.
More Sport Psychology Books
Psychological Dynamics of Sport and Exercise
Call Number: qGV 706.4 .G55 208
Publication Date: 2008-03-10
Psychological Dynamics of Sport and Exercise, Third Edition, reflects the latest developments in the field of sport and exercise psychology and presents various applications in a range of physical activity settings. The text emphasizes practical theory, which allows students, teachers, personal trainers, consultants, athletic trainers, and other professionals to enhance sport and exercise experiences for all based on the best available knowledge in the field. By using practical theory, readers can incorporate the basic skills of sport and exercise psychology into both their professional and personal experiences. Psychological Dynamics of Sport and Exercise, Third Edition, builds on information presented in previous editions with revised content and new research that is more relevant to current practice. Emphasis is placed on sport and exercise psychology concepts as they apply to three key areas of sport science professions: physical education teaching and coaching; exercise instruction and fitness leadership; and sports medicine, rehabilitation, and athletic training. By focusing on these settings, readers will understand how psychology concepts are integral to real-world situations outside of the classroom. Through this text, sport and exercise psychology will come alive for students as they prepare for their professional lives. This new edition encourages learning with the following features: -Expanded sections on cognitive skills, participation motivation, emotion, and cultural diversity that emphasize recent areas of interest in sport and exercise psychology -Updated references throughout the book that are designed to keep readers on top of a fast-growing field -New case studies at the end of each chapter that allow students to immediately apply the content in real-world coaching, physical education, fitness instruction, and sport rehabilitation settings -Distinct research and application boxes that will help students tie theory with professional practice -Chapter summaries, review questions, and annotated recommended readings that aid comprehension of material and direct students to additional resources Psychological Dynamics of Sport and Exercise, Third Edition, is organized into five parts representing major topics that may be found in a sport and exercise psychology curriculum. Part I provides an overview of sport and exercise psychology. The section presents a framework for the psychological factors related to sport and exercise with chapters covering the scope, historical development, and current approaches to sport and exercise psychology. Part II focuses on the individual and includes chapters addressing personality, attention and cognitive skills, and self-perceptions. In part III the discussion turns to motivation. These chapters address behavioral approaches, social-cognitive theories and models, motivational orientation, intrinsic motivation, and lifestyle physical activity. Part IV goes beyond competitive anxiety to include a wider range of emotions and physical activity settings. Part V explores the individual in relation to others. This section on social processes contains chapters on social influence, social development, group dynamics, gender, and cultural diversity. Throughout the text, research findings, theories, and themes are pulled together to provide guidelines for professional practice. Psychological Dynamics of Sport and Exercise, Third Edition, provides readers with updated information in both exercise and sport psychology that they can use as they move into or continue professional practice.
The Sport Psych Handbook
Call Number: GV 706.4 .S667 2005
Publication Date: 2004-10-18
Athletes' physiques and conditioning levels have advanced significantly in the past decade. Now, it's time for their mental prowess to catch up. The Sport Psych Handbook makes significant performance improvement possible through training the mind to parallel the body's enhanced development. Experts covering each facet of the mental game present research-based, field-tested approaches to enhance individual and team performance. More specifically, this comprehensive guide will give athletes breakthrough methods to do the following: -Optimize inner drive for training and competition -Maintain emotional and mental control for unwavering focus -Improve communication skills for better leadership and teamwork -Avoid and overcome slumps, injuries, and other challenges to a successful season Complement your physical skills with sharper mental skills. Make The Sport Psych Handbook part of your training arsenal, and start performing to your potential.
Sport Psychology: Contemporary Themes
Call Number: GV 706.4 .S6813 2003
Publication Date: 2004-03-04
Sport Psychologypresents an accessible overview of current research and debate in the psychology of sport and exercise. Combining important theoretical frameworks and current empirical evidence, it uses sporting examples to explain concepts and applications in a clear and engaging way. The history, background and theory of each topic is discussed, before putting theory into practice through the use of case studies and practical examples. Written by internationally renowned authors, this text is essential reading for students of sport psychology at all levels, whether as part of sport studies, sport science or psychology programmes
Sport Psychology Interventions
Call Number: RC 451.4 .A83 S66 1995
Publication Date: 1995-01-05
Sport Psychology Interventions shows professionals how to help athletes get the most out of their sport experience and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Edited by Shane Murphy, former sport psychologist for the United States Olympic Committee, this practical guide explains how to assist athletes at all levels in facing the special challenges and unique problems that are common in today's sports world. Unlike texts that discuss psychological interventions aimed directly at improving athletic performance, Sport Psychology Interventions focuses on helping athletes enjoy their participation more and, as a result, perform better and achieve their goals by -managing their lives successfully, -growing and developing as individuals, and -experiencing sport as a positive learning process. This book is written by internationally recognized sport psychologists—experts who are familiar with the struggles and triumphs of athletes. Using real-life examples, these contributors address issues that are typically encountered by physicians, athletic trainers, psychologists, counselors, and health care professionals working with athletes. They use case studies extensively throughout the book to bring these issues to life. Part I presents a variety of intervention models. By studying each model in the context of its application to a particular kind of athlete, the contributors are able to address specific issues related to -child athletes, -competitive recreational athletes, -student athletes, -female athletes, -elite athletes, and -other sport groups. The book explains all of the prevalent intervention models in modern sport psychology: -Life development -Educational -Multisystemic -Family systems -Organizational -Developmental -Marital therapy -Cognitive-behavioral Each chapter begins with one or more case studies that show how each intervention applies to sport psychology and how that intervention is used. Part II examines issues commonly encountered by many helping professionals in the sport setting. Case studies illustrate how sport psychology can be used in counseling athletes who are experiencing special circumstances, including -injury, -alcohol and drug use, -eating disorders and weight management, -career transitions, and -overtraining and burnout.