Doing Sport Psychology

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Human Kinetics, 2000 - Education - 293 pages
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Many sport psychology texts focus on what to do — relaxation, imagery, etc. This is the first text to focus directly on the how of doing sport psychology.

Doing Sport Psychologyinvolves much more than the standard techniques such as goal setting and positive self-talk. Counselors' personalities, the history of their relationships with athletes, the interaction of individual psychologists and athletes with entire teams—these factors are at least as important as the application of standard procedures. This book reveals in intimate detail the process of sport psychology at work.

The text, edited by psychologist Mark B. Andersen, includes
-details of sessions directed by professionals using a variety of models: cognitive-behavioral, rational-emotive, performance enhancement, developmental, and psychodynamic;

-transcripts of dialogue between counselors and athletes in many different sports, which clearly demonstrate what sport psychology sessions actually sound like;

-descriptive commentaries on why the psychologists chose the therapeutic path they did and what other options they might have chosen; and

-specifics on how a wide variety of people—including coaches, physical therapists, and other professionals who work with athletes and performers—administer sport psychology.
Part I,""Getting Started,"" details first encounters, intake sessions, and establishment of working relationships. Removing psychological barriers to optimal performance and managing athletes' inevitable stressors are covered here. In every instance, actual session transcripts reveal how counselors related to people in specific situations.

Part II,""From the Applied Sport Psychology Canon,"" covers traditional topics such as goal setting, relaxation, imagery, and self-talk. But these interventions are not as easy to deliver as some texts imply. The focus here is on how such techniques are applied in real-life situations.

Part III,""Beyond Performance Enhancement: Working With and Working Through,"" reveals what clinical/counseling sessions with athletes really sound like. Performance-enhancing sessions often expose deeper clinical issues such as personal loss, depression, or eating disorders.

Part IV,""The Study of Service: From Supervision to Complex Delivery,"" deals with advanced topics. Some of the world's most experienced sport psychologists provide their insight regarding supervising others who deliver psychological services, dealing with interns, and developing long-term relationships with elite athletes.

Part V,""Branching Out: Other Practitioners, Other Settings,"" provides details of sessions with injured athletes, cross country runners, athletes who are retiring from professional sports, and even a musician (illustrating how sport psychology is broadly applicable to any endeavor where performance is important).

This book provides powerful and revealing insights into how sport psychology is done by the people who do it best.

Mark B. Andersen began this book for use with his own graduate students. It is the book he wishes he had when he was in graduate school. It is now available to all!

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Contents

Beginnings Intakes and the Initiation of Relationships
3
Removing Psychological Barriers Clearing the Way
17
Managing Stress On and Off the Field The Littlefoot Approach is Learned Resourcefulness
33
FROM THE APPLIED SPORT PSYCHOLOGY CANON
45
RelaxIt Aint Easy Or Is It?
47
Listening to SelfTalk Hearing SelfConcept
61
Doing Imagery in the Field
77
Targeting Futures Goal Setting for Professional Sports
93
Supervision II A Cast Study
167
First Internship ExperiencesOr What I Did on Holiday
181
Into the Maelstrom A FiveYear Relationship From College Ball to the NFL
193
BRANCHING OUT OTHER PRACTITIONERS OTHER SETTINGS
207
Doing Sport Psychology at the Really Big Show
209
Doing Sport Psychology With Injured Athletes
223
Doing Sport Psychology in the Coaching Role
237
Leaving Sport Easing Career Transitions
249

BEYOND PERFORMANCE ENHANCEMENT WORKING WITH AND WORKING THROUGH
105
The Sadness in Sports Working With a Depressed and Suicidal Athlete
107
Counseling Athletes With Eating Disorders A Case of Example
121
Looking for Help Grieving Love Lost The Case of C
139
THE STUDY OF SERVICE FROM SUPERVISION TO COMPLEX DELIVERY
151
Supervision I From Models to Doing
153
Breaking Out Doing Sport Psychology With Performing Artists
261
Afterword
275
Index
280
About the Editor
289
Contributing Authors
290
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About the author (2000)

Mark B. Andersen, PhD, is an associate professor at Victoria University's School of Human Movement, Recreation, and Performance and the Centre for Rehabilitation, Exercise, and Sport Sciences. He is the first professional practice editor of The Sport Psychologist and is a leading contributor to the areas of supervision and the education and training of applied sport psychologists. His 1988 article with Jean Williams in JSEP, A Model of Stress and Athletic Injury: Prediction and Prevention, is a modern classic that has formed a foundation for a major line of research.

Currently residing in St. Kilda, Victoria, Australia, Dr. Andersen does cross-country and downhill skiing and also enjoys rollerblading and sailing in his spare time.

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