Sport Psychology: Contemporary Themes

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Macmillan International Higher Education, Jan 23, 2012 - Sports & Recreation - 360 pages
Sport Psychology is an essential introduction to the field's key issues, suitable for psychology, sport science and sport studies students at all levels. Encompassing the history of sport psychology to more recent distinctions between sport and exercise psychology, it is ideal reading for students looking to learn about issues such as motivation, concentration and anxiety and the connection between physical activity and psychological well-being.

This new edition provides updated case studies, guidance on further reading, study questions and brand new content on self-harm in sport and metaimagery. Real-life examples put the theory into practice, and the authors' focus on the freshest theories shows how the discipline has evolved in recent years.
 

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Contents

Practising Sport Psychology
19
Imagery
35
Motivation
58
Concentration
96
Anxiety
124
Sport Expertise
146
Acquiring Sport Skills
167
Teams
190
The Athletes Career
221
Exercise and Mental Health
247
Bibliography
274
Index
337
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About the author (2012)

David Lavallee is Head of the School of Sport at the University of Stirling, UK. His principal areas of interest include self-identity and coping processes in sport and exercise, psychology of sport injury, retirement from sport, athlete and coach burnout and eating disorders in sport.

John Kremer is a Reader in Applied Social Psychology in the School of Psychology, Queen's University, Belfast, UK. He continues to combine his MA26 interest in sport and exercise psychology with an active involvement with a wide range of team and individual sports including soccer, rugby, cricket, Gaelic sports, golf and athletics. He has co authored a number of sport psychology texts including Pure Sport (2008) with Aidan Moran

Aidan Moran is Professor of Cognitive Psychology, University MA26, Dublin, Ireland. He has published extensively on cognitive psychology and sport psychology (especially on mental practice and attentional processes). A consultant to many of Ireland's leading professional sports performers and teams, he is a former Official Psychologist to the Irish Olympic Squad.

Mark Williams is Professor of Motor Behaviour in the Research Institute of Sport and Exercise Sciences at Liverpool John Moores University, UK. Professor Williams is a leading authority on expertise and its acquisition in sport and other domains and has published widely in sport and exercise science and psychology.