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Applying Sport Psychology : Four Perspectives - Jim Taylor

Applying Sport Psychology

Four Perspectives

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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.

Prefacep. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Psychological Factors in Athletic Performancep. 1
Motivationp. 3
Sport-Specific Definition of Motivationp. 4
Impact of Motivation on Athletic Performancep. 5
Sources of Motivation for Sport Participationp. 6
Identifying and Strengthening Optimal Motivation Levelsp. 12
Reaching and Sustaining Ideal Motivationp. 15
Confidencep. 21
Defining Confidence in Sportp. 22
Assessing Confidencep. 24
Developing Confidencep. 24
Defining the Optimistic Mind-Setp. 28
Developing an Optimistic Mind-Setp. 29
Intensityp. 33
Sport-Specific Definition of Intensityp. 34
Identifying Optimal Intensityp. 37
General Intensity Control Strategiesp. 40
Controlling Overintensityp. 42
Controlling Underintensityp. 46
Focusp. 51
Understanding Focus in Sportp. 52
Components of Focusp. 54
Focus Stylep. 56
Assessing Focusp. 57
Focus Strategiesp. 58
Focus on the Ultimate Goalp. 62
Emotionsp. 65
Defining Emotions and Emotional Experiencesp. 67
Emotions and Athletic Performancep. 69
Why Athletes Respond Emotionallyp. 73
Gaining Emotional Masteryp. 75
Techniques for Emotional Masteryp. 77
Enhancing Athletic Performancep. 83
Psychological Assessmentp. 85
Characteristics of Sound Measuresp. 87
Uses of Psychological Assessmentp. 88
Additional Assessment Methodsp. 99
Goal Settingp. 101
Understanding Goal Setting and Sport Performancep. 102
Goal-Setting Interventions in Sportp. 104
Why Goals Workp. 105
Goal-Setting Principlesp. 106
Goal-Setting Programp. 108
Mental Imageryp. 117
Understanding the Use of Mental Imagery in Sportp. 119
How Does Mental Imagery Work?p. 119
Impact of Mental Imageryp. 121
Maximizing the Value of Mental Imageryp. 124
Contributors to Effective Imageryp. 127
Structuring Mental Imageryp. 128
Developing a Mental-Imagery Programp. 132
Routinesp. 137
Understanding the Rationale for Routinesp. 138
Measuring the Effects of Routines on Performancep. 141
Convincing Athletes of the Benefits of Routinesp. 142
Types of Routinesp. 144
Practical Concernsp. 149
Psychology and the Coachp. 151
Coach-Athlete Relationshipp. 153
Understanding the Coach-Athlete Relationshipp. 155
Influences on the Coach-Athlete Relationshipp. 159
Obstacles to Effective Coach-Athlete Relationshipsp. 163
Facilitating Coach-Athlete Relationshipsp. 166
Team Cohesionp. 171
Understanding Team Cohesionp. 172
Relationship Between Team Cohesion and Athletic Performancep. 174
Life of a Teamp. 174
Assessing Team Cohesionp. 178
Enhancing Team Cohesionp. 179
Psychological Problems of Athletesp. 185
Injuryp. 187
Patient As Athletep. 189
Understanding the Psychological Factors of Injury and Rehabilitationp. 189
Path to Rehabilitation Failurep. 192
Path to Rehabilitation Successp. 196
Remarkable Recoveryp. 203
Eating Disordersp. 207
Definitions of Eating Disordersp. 209
Prevalence of Eating Disordersp. 211
Symptoms of Eating Disorders Among Athletesp. 213
Associated Health Problemsp. 215
Causes of Eating Disordersp. 217
Sport-Specific Contributors to Eating Disordersp. 219
Treatment of Eating Disordersp. 221
Prevention of Eating Disordersp. 227
Substance Abusep. 229
Why Athletes Take Drugsp. 231
Commonly Used Substancesp. 234
Recognition, Prevention, and Interventionp. 240
Treatment for Substance Abusep. 242
Drug Treatment Professionalsp. 245
Drug Testingp. 245
Career Transitionsp. 249
Definitions of Career Transitions in Sportsp. 251
Social and Pschological Explanations of Career Transitionp. 251
Causes of Career Transitionsp. 253
Psychological Reactions to Career Transitionp. 254
Coping Factors Related to Quality of Career Transitionp. 256
Career Transition Interventionsp. 260
Sample Programs in Sportp. 263
Sample Programs From Dancep. 265
Referencesp. 267
Indexp. 293
About the Editorsp. 299
About the Contributorsp. 301
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ISBN: 9780736045124
ISBN-10: 0736045120
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 2nd August 2005
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 27.7 x 21.7  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.88