Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology

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Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology

SKU# 9780826129680

Bridging Theory and Application

Author: Jamie E. Robbins PhD, Leilani Madrigal PhD

$95.00

Description 

This concise, engaging text, distinguished by its skillful integration of theory and practice, addresses the key principles of sport, exercise, and performance psychology. It reflects the broadening of sport psychology studies to encompass more widespread human performance research. Emphasizing practical applications of theory, the book helps students interested in pursuing a career in sport and exercise psychology, as well as those focused on such occupations as coaching and athletic training, to recognize the applicability of sport and exercise psychology principles to their everyday lives and future careers.

To avoid an overabundance of extraneous theories and research, the text takes a streamlined “less is more” approach by focusing on just the core theories underpinning sport psychology. Chapters address such essential concepts as individual differences, personality, motivation, stress and coping, decision making, and burnout in the context of human performance. Bringing these topics to life are companion “Applying the Concepts” chapters demonstrating how these principles are directly applied in real-life situations. Interviews with researchers, coaches, athletes, and other individuals from performance-intensive professions vividly reinforce the book’s content. Additionally, the text contains insights on theories and research findings that students can apply to their own experience. Critical thinking questions and “Individual Challenge” activities promote understanding and further exploration. An instructor’s package includes a test bank and PowerPoints.

KEY FEATURES:

  • Illustrates key theories and research with practical applications
  • Written in a concise and easily accessible manner
  • Provides examples of practice applications in sport, exercise, and other areas of human performance
  • Includes interviews with researchers, practitioners, coaches, athletes, and other performance-intensive professionals
  • Explains how theoretical concepts can be applied to a student’s personal experience

Product Details 

  • Publication Date August 24, 2016
  • Page Count 317
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826129680

About The Author(s) 

Jamie E. Robbins, PhD, is Associate Professor, Department of Physical Education and Exercise Science, Methodist University, Fayetteville, NC. For the past 15 years she has worked with athletes, teams, and coaches of all levels of sport with the goal of enhancing their mental skills and increasing their joy in the performance process. Dr. Robbins spends the majority of her time teaching undergraduate students and engaging in research focused on a variety of topics. Her passion for the field keeps her excited to continue learning and sharing those findings with her students, athletes, coaches and teams.

Leilani Madrigal, PhD, is a Postdoctoral Fellow, Athletic Performance Laboratory University of Nebraska. She has worked primarily with collegiate athletes on strengthening their mental game and coping with the demands of sport. Dr. Madrigal’s research focuses primarily on mental factors associated with sport performance and injury recovery. Specifically, she is examining the role of mental toughness in sport and how it can be developed and maintained in academics, athletics, rehabilitation, and other areas of life.

Table of Contents 

Contents

Preface

Class activity

Individual challenge

Chapter questions

1: Introduction to Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology

Education and career inception

Research in the field

Reading research

Benefits of this class

Benefits of sport, exercise, and performance psychology in society

ow it all began …

Why should you read this book?

Conclusion

Class activity

Individual challenge

Chapter questions

2: Understanding Biological and Social Influences on Performance

Nature versus Nurture

The ongoing debate

Common errors that lead to misinformation

Talent development

Why the interest in experts?

Class activity

Individual challenge

Chapter questions

3: Individual Differences and Identity

Racial/ethnic identity

Concluding thoughts on racial identity

Gender identity and sexual identity

Gender identity

Sexual identity

Conclusion

Class activity

Individual challenge

Chapter questions

4: Individual Differences and Identity: Applying the Concepts

Athletic identity

Exercise identity

Creating a shared group identity

Class activity

Individual challenge

Chapter questions

5: Personality

Jung’s theory of personality

Personality debates

Why consensus is elusive

An interactional approach

Testing personality characteristics

Personality and performance

Mental toughness

Conclusion

Class activity

Individual challenge

Chapter questions

6: Personality: Applying the Concepts

Interpreting and faking

Personality and group or team dynamics

Team cohesion

Personality and team cohesion

Team building

Leadership and personality

Interview with professor of military science

Class activity

Individual challenge

Chapter questions

7: Motivation and Commitment

Theories of motivation

What is motivation without commitment?

Interview with an expert

Conclusion

Class activity

Individual challenge

Chapter questions

8: Motivation and Commitment: Applying the Concepts

Overcommitment

Runner’s collapse

Exercise addiction

Disordered eating

Amotivation and dropout

Strategies for creating a healthy motivation and commitment

Meet their needs

Incorporate mental imagery

Goal setting

Class activity

Individual challenge

Chapter questions

9: Self-efficacy, Confidence, and Fear of Failure

Self-efficacy theory

Sport-specific confidence

Tripartite conceptual model of relational efficacy beliefs

Overconfidence

Fear of failure

Behavioral effects

Conclusion

Class activity

Individual challenge

Chapter questions

10: Self-efficacy, Confidence, and Fear of Failure: Applying the Concepts

Introduction of strategies

Value yourself and focus on strengths

Prepare for the situation

Focus on process and don’t compare yourself to others

Use positive self-talk

Confidence is helpful, but not essential to performance completion

Class activity

Individual challenge

Chapter questions

11: Stress and Anxiety

Distinguishing stress from anxiety

Benefit or detriment?

Detriments of chronic stress and anxiety

Theoretical explanations

Benefits of stress and anxiety

The big debate

Terminology to move forward

High stress/anxiety personality types

Stress resistant personality characteristics

Hardiness

Mental toughness

Optimism

Conclusion

Class activity

Individual challenge

Chapter questions

12: Stress and Anxiety: Applying the Concepts

Stress categories

Common athlete stressors

Common stressor #1: mistakes

Common stressor #2: injury

Common stressor #3: parents

Parent stressors

Coaching stressors

Referee stressors

Sources of stress for exercisers and other performers

Application: steps to minimize stress and anxiety responses

Cognitive strategies

Step 1: identify and address the feelings of stress and anxiety

Step 2: minimizing the worry

Step 3: target controllable stressors

Step 4: modify your thoughts

Class activity

Individual challenge

Chapter questions

13: Coping and Controlling Arousal

Theories of arousal and performance

Coping: definition and theory

Coping strategies

Measuring coping

Influences on coping

Conclusion

Class activity

Individual challenge

Chapter questions

14: Coping and Controlling Arousal: Applying the Concepts

Cognitive strategies

Self-talk

Mindfulness training

Arousal-focused strategies

Deep breathing

Progressive muscle relaxation

Multipurpose coping strategies

Physical activity

Music

Stress, anxiety, arousal, and coping in action

Conclusion

Class activity

Individual challenge

Chapter questions

15: Injury

Antecedents to injury

Response to injury and rehabilitation

Importance of understanding the injury experience

Injury and the athletic trainer

Conclusion

Class activity

Individual challenge

Chapter questions

16: Injury: Applying the Concepts

Minimizing injury risk

Proper nutrition

Proper sleep

Promoting injury recovery

Goal setting

Social support

Manage your mood

Conclusion

Class activity

Individual challenge

Chapter questions

17: Burnout

Doing more or doing too much?

Burnout

Youth burnout

Cognitive-affective model of stress and burnout

Factors related to burnout

Motivation and burnout

Perfectionism and burnout

External factors

Avoiding burnout

Less is more

Change the environment

Beware of specialization

Support don’t pressure

Burnout symptoms

Burnout in various populations

Conclusion

Class activity

Individual challenge

Chapter questions

18: Burnout: Applying the Concepts

Listen to your body and mind

Shift your goals

Strive to improve, not be perfect

Find your balance

Class activity

Individual challenge

Chapter questions

19: Decision Making

Biases

Ease of recall and retrievability bias

Misconception of regression bias

Confirmation bias

Overconfidence bias

Additional influences on decision making

Perception, memory, attentional capacity, and anticipation

Practice and expertise

Conclusion

Class activity

Individual challenge

Chapter questions

20: Decision Making: Applying the Concepts

Knowing yourself: how do you make decisions?

Regret and decision making

Feelings and decision making

Intuition or deliberate decision making?

Interview with a coach

Class activity

Individual challenge

Chapter questions

21: Job Opportunities

Culminating ideas on jobs in the field

Existing organizations

Certification

Class activity

Individual challenge

Chapter questions

22: Ethics

Consulting ethics

Research ethics

Class activity

Teaching

Research

Consulting

Individual challenge

Chapter questions

Index