Sport Psychology From Theory to Practice

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  • Edition: 5th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 6/16/2011
  • Publisher: Pearson

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Sport Psychology,Fifth Editionprovides a comprehensive overview of sport and exercise psychology. It outlines the theoretical framework and provides the necessary psychological foundation of sport psychology while offering a real-life handbook approach to using psychological strategies as a sport participant and coach. This unique book stresses an applied approach to the field and presents scientific research and empirical data without the use of technical jargon.

Author Biography

Mark H. Anshel is 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. 

Table of Contents



1. The Science of Sport Psychology


2. Personal Factors Affecting Sport Performance

3. Youth Sports: Special Considerations and Needs of Child Athletes

4. Motivation: Theory and Application

5. Attribution Theory: Explaining the Causes of Performance Outcomes

6. Emotion: Arousal, Stress, and Anxiety

7. Coping with Stress in Sport

8. Sport Psychology Interventions

9. Aggression in Sport

10. Applying Sport Psychology: Athletes Speak for Themselves


11. Effective Communication: The Foundation of Effective Leadership

12. Leadership and Coaching in Sport

13. Team Cohesion and Group Dynamics

IV. Psychology of Physical Activity

14. Applied Exercise Psychology

15. Conclusions and Future Directions

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