e99 Online Shopping Mall

Geometry.Net - the online learning center Help  
Home  - Sports Category - Sports Psychology (Books)

  1-20 of 100 | Next 20

click price to see details     click image to enlarge     click link to go to the store

1. Foundations of Sport and Exercise
2. Sports Psychology For Dummies
3. Finding Your Zone: Ten Core Lessons
4. Psychology of Champions: How to
5. Applied Sport Psychology: Personal
6. Sport Psychology for Cyclists
7. Doing Sport Psychology
8. Assessment in Sport Psychology
9. Sport Psychology for Coaches
10. Advances in Sport and Exercise
11. Sport Psychology: Concepts and
12. Advances in Sport Psychology -
13. Sport Psychology: From Theory
14. Sport Fans: The Psychology and
15. Flow in Sports: The keys to optimal
16. The New Toughness Training for
17. Handbook of Sport Psychology
18. Sport Psychology
19. Sports Neuropsychology: Assessment
20. Clinical Sport Psychology

1. Foundations of Sport and Exercise Psychology
by Robert Weinberg, Daniel Gould
Hardcover: 624 Pages (2006-11-10)
list price: US$89.00 -- used & new: US$55.92
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: 0736064672
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan
Editorial Review

Product Description
Foundations of Sport and Exercise Psychology, Fourth Edition, the new edition of the best-selling sport and exercise psychology book on the market, continues to provide a thorough introduction to the key concepts in the field. Written by internationally respected authors, it provides students and new practitioners with a comprehensive view of sport and exercise psychology, bridges the gap between research and practice, conveys principles of professional practice, and captures the excitement of the world of sport and exercise.

A supreme effort has been made to meet the increasing needs of professors, practitioners, and students. To further improve the total learning experience, the new edition features
• an online study guide that provides an interactive learning experience for students;
• thoroughly updated material that reflects the latest research and practice in the field to keep students aware of recent findings and hot topics in the field; and
• more contemporary practical examples, case studies, and anecdotes to help students understand various theories and concepts.

Foundations of Sport and Exercise Psychology, Fourth Edition, allows students to gain an understanding of the field while learning how to apply sport and exercise knowledge. The book contains seven parts that may be studied in any sequence. Part I introduces students to the field, detailing its history, current status, and the various roles of sport and exercise psychologists. Part II focuses on personal factors that affect performance and psychological development in sport, physical education, and exercise settings. In part III, the authors focus on two major classes of situational factors that influence behavior: competition and cooperation, and feedback and reinforcement. Part IV focuses on group interaction and processes, while part V discusses how psychological techniques may be used to help people perform more effectively. Part VI addresses the various roles psychological factors play in health and exercise. The final section, part VII, deals with main topics of psychological development and well-being that are important to both society and sport and exercise psychology, including children’s psychological development through sport participation, aggression in sport, and moral development and good sporting behavior in sport and physical activity contexts.

The online study guide is a trend-setting addition that will allow the subject of sport psychology to come alive to its users. The study guide is written to work directly with the text; mentions of the study guide appear in each chapter to encourage readers to take advantage of the study guide’s learning tools. Audio clips feature esteemed experts in the field discussing key course concepts that they have studied and refined during their professional careers. Video clips provide students with a realistic look at how sport psychologists interact and communicate with athletes to improve athletic experiences. These multimedia formats help students understand the research and practice of sport psychology in today’s society. This online study guide also features more than 90 individual and small-group learning activities that may be printed and handed in or e-mailed to instructors for assessment. These activities require students to

• use actual sport and exercise psychology instruments to assess their skills,
• determine how to respond to real-life scenarios (with short answers or essays),
• review and design research studies and experiments,
• search the Internet for relevant information, and
• apply and test their understanding of sport and exercise psychology principles and concepts.

Foundations of Sport and Exercise Psychology, Fourth Edition, also supplies in-depth learning aids to help students think more critically about applying the material. These aids include chapter objectives and summaries, informative sidebars, key terms, key points, and discussion questions in each chapter. Even the design, artwork, and photos have been updated to make the material more interesting and accessible to readers. To accommodate a variety of preferences and teaching styles, chapters are written so that they stand alone and can be taught either in or out of order.

In addition to the inclusion of the new online study guide for students, the instructor ancillaries have also been improved. Updates have been made to the presentation package containing more than 900 PowerPoint slides, the test bank of more than 800 questions, and the instructor guide. These resources may all be found at the book’s Web site.

Foundations of Sport and Exercise Psychology, Fourth Edition provides a powerful learning tool for understanding human behavior in sport and exercise settings. This new edition continues to ensure that future researchers and practitioners in the field are well equipped and enthused about the possibilities and challenges they will encounter. ... Read more

Customer Reviews (10)

2-0 out of 5 stars Horribly organized and written but quite informational
Perhaps I'm not being fair on discussing how this book is being organized since so many of the ideas overlap so heavily... Nonetheless, this book seems to have almost no logical organization. Sometimes, when I'm reading a chapter, I'll feel like I'm reading something straight out of the last chapter. Not to mention the hierarchy within a chapter is chaotic at best. The use of the same size, same bold font for every heading makes it feel more like a poorly made wikipedia page on the topic than a logical chapter presenting the information. For god's sakes, change the font to reflect the hierarchy of the chapter. I've never seen a textbook fail to do so so miserably.

On top of this, it often feels like the authors just "threw" as much information in on a given topic as they could. Reading the little bullet points every few pages seems to almost conflict with some of the things mentioned in the book.

All in all, this is a VERY frustrating book to read and if you aren't somewhat interested in the topic already, it will not be an easy read. I have never used a worse textbook in my studies and I am in my second year of university, having taken psychology and exercise physiology courses with a lot in common with the course I use this for now.

If there's a way to avoid using this book (note to professors), please spare your class. You might understand it fairly well but students with less knowledge in the field will find it ridiculously boring and overwhelming.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great!
The book is great and I am learning a lot! It is soo easy to read also!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book
The book was in great condition just like the seller said. It arrived it great time. I would buy from this seller again.

5-0 out of 5 stars happy customer
I really am enjoying this textbook. it covers exactly what i thought it woudl and then some. since having bought it i have found out that it is the gold standard for sports psychology -added incentive. its easy to read adn cpmprehend adn the online study guide is just great, full of activities and review options. it arrived sooner than expected too, and i just had it on normal shipping :)

4-0 out of 5 stars Foundations of Sports and Exercise Psychology
Book is in great condition, very informative and professsionally written. Purchased this book for a college course.
Thank you ... Read more

2. Sports Psychology For Dummies (For Dummies (Sports & Hobbies))
by Leif H. Smith, Todd M. Kays
Paperback: 360 Pages (2010-10-19)
list price: US$19.99 -- used & new: US$11.93
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: 0470676590
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan
Editorial Review

Product Description
Acquiring the winning edge in sports-the mental edge

Mental conditioning is now seen by many to be as critical to sports success as physical conditioning. And for parents eager to ensure their children have a winning edge-as well as a future college scholarship-nothing could be more critical to success. This book offers readers a comprehensive program to gain that winning edge, providing training tips and techniques along with helpful advice to keep in mind while competing. With practical advice on how to strengthen concentration (and when you shouldn't concentrate), talk yourself into winning, and develop routines that will lead to consistent improvement, the book's full personalized program will help any athlete gain over time the winning edge in any sport

  • With tips on how to regulate your energy to avoid exhaustion; and how to enhance your team's chemistry through sports psychology
  • Loaded with real-world examples from amateur and professional sports of all kinds

Applicable to not only sports-but business as well-Sports Psychology For Dummies will enhance any competitor's motivation, focus, and will to win, when facing life's toughest challenges. ... Read more

Customer Reviews (11)

3-0 out of 5 stars Includes some useful information
NOTE:I received a free review copy of this book directly from one of the authors.

I was a little hesitant to read this book, as I am not a big fan of the "For Dummies" line; although I think that these books often do contain useful information, I find the way the books are organized to be distracting and somewhat juvenile.Still, since I am a psychologist who works with college students, I thought that SPORTS PSYCHOLOGY FOR DUMMIES might be a useful addition to our self-help lending library, particularly for our student athletes.

Overall, I DID find this book to contain some helpful information.I thought that Part I, which covered Sports Psychology Fundamentals, was especially beneficial, as it did a nice job of addressing issues such as confidence, motivation, and goal-setting.In Part II, the authors begin to focus more on specific tools for success ("Your Mental Toolkit"), and here I particularly liked their review of self-talk.Unfortunately, this second section seemed relatively short compared to the following one, "Staying Competitive: Sports Psychology in Action," which I found to be rather repetitive.

For the last three sections of the book, it seemed that the authors were too broad in what they were trying to accomplish.First, they expand the Sports Psychology concepts to team building; there is some good information here, but I am not sure that it would be relevant to an individual reading the book for self-help.Part V is entitled "Sports Psychology for Coaches and Parents."Again, the actual content provided here is quite good, but it feels like it belongs it its own separate book.In the the final segment, "The Part of Tens," the authors offer various suggestions on the topics "Ten Ways You Can Use Sports Psychology at the Office," "Ten Ways to Be a Better Competitor," "Ten Ways to Manage Stress Better," and "Ten Ways to Parent an Athlete."To me, this section would have made more sense if it were narrower in scope (i.e., removing the office chapter), and perhaps if it included the remaining information more briefly in an Appendix.

In conclusion, this book is likely to provide athletes with some useful information on topics relevant to their sports participation, and they may learn some beneficial new coping techniques which will assist in enhancing their performance.However, I would rate this book as only average, and I would recommend it with the caution that some portions might not be relevant to all readers.[Furthermore, as one other reviewer mentioned, I would note that this field, as officially designated by the American Psychological Association, is "Sport" Psychology--not "Sports" Psychology; this is a rather odd and somewhat disconcerting error for the authors to have made.]

4-0 out of 5 stars Definitely not for dummies
I received this book as a review copy. I was delighted because I am fascinated by athletes and their motivation. How do the pros look so calm before a game? Why do some basketball players get so emotional that they actually hurt their team by getting technical fouls called against them? What makes a football player go out there and get hit - and enjoy the experience?

This book held some of the answers. However, the title really ought to be "How to Stay Motivated As An Athlete." Much of the content seems directed to younger players, which makes sense: a college or pro athlete will have mastered the techniques and/or have access to a trained psychologist who focuses on his or her unique challenges.

I'd recommend this book to adults who are not athletes but who work for themselves or for corporations. The tips on imagery, getting out of a slump and developing "winning" habits are surprisingly useful outside the context of sports. The section on self-talk is not especially new but presents valuable information unusually well.

I'm not sure who would benefit from the sections on coaching; I would hope that any coach would have some training before accepting the job. The section on parenting may be helpful but I wonder if a parent would actually pick up this book.

The book's title suggests that the book would give some hint of the theories of sport psychology and/or psychological theories that form the foundation of sports psychology. I also would have liked to see more examples from real sports figures. Of course much of that info is confidential, but many stories are reported in the press. Some comments like, "I suspect X's coach would..."As it happens, the NY Times for October 10, 2010, included a sports section story about a football punter who had been advised to work with a psychologist, and there was a brief mention of what the psychologist did. Pat Summitt also talks about team psychologists in her books about coaching the Lady Vols.

Last but not least, I liked the discussion of becoming a sports psychologist. This section could have been expanded with examples of the many things a sports psychologist can do, ranging from working with athletes on personal problems to traveling with a team to helping a coach resolve team conflicts. Alas, the authors warn us, it's not a glamor job. You have to stay on the sidelines. That's probably true but I bet it's also a lot of fun.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great applications in business/career settings!
Thank you, Drs Smith and Kays, for an extremely helpful, succinct, and accessible tool for the workplace. As a manager in a fast paced, exacting, and stressful environment, chapter 19 (Ten Ways You Can Use Sports Psychology at the Office) was very useful to me. Performing under pressure, coping with conflict, and enlisting a support team are daily challenges. Thank you for being honest about what it is really like in the corporate world and giving those of us who struggle to make it all happen some tools to succeed and take care of ourselves in the process. Also, my boss was a football player and sports fanatic, and reading this book helped me understand him better and make more sense of the "sports worldview" he applies to every situation. Thanks again, guys, and keep up the good work! I look forward to reading more of your books in the future.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Invaluable Resource for Anyone!
Not being a collegiate or professional athlete, I was a little skeptical about purchasing this book. It was after a recent conversation with a friend about my current struggles with my weight loss, that this book was highly recommended to me. "Sports Psychology for Dummies" taught me a lot about goal setting, motivation and even how to handle, what would have been before, devastating set backs. All while keeping my perspective on my overall goal. I have been implementing the techniques that Dr. Smith and Dr. Kays have suggested in the book for over three weeks now and not only have I already seen a difference in my body, but also in my overall mental attitude! "Sport Psychology for Dummies" is not just a GREAT resource for athletes, parents of athletes or coaches, but also a valuable tool for people like me: The everyday person who is looking to improve themselves both physically and mentally. Thank you Dr. Smith and Dr. Kays!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great resource for any performer.
This book is a great resource for athletes, coaches, and parents of athletes, but the information is also useful to performers from any discipline. The techniques presented are focused on optimizing the mental skills and mindset needed for consistent high-level performance, useful to those in the performing arts, music, etc. Anyone desiring to increase confidence and consistently perform at peak levels will find this book invaluable. ... Read more

3. Finding Your Zone: Ten Core Lessons for Achieving Peak Performance in Sports and Life
by Michael Lardon
Paperback: 192 Pages (2008-06-03)
list price: US$14.95 -- used & new: US$8.31
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: 039953427X
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan
Editorial Review

Product Description
The first research-based program to offer concise, clear ways to realize your best performance.

As a therapist, physician, and mental coach, Dr. Michael Lardon has dedicated his career to helping athletes understand and better achieve peak performance. In Finding Your Zone, he shares with readers what he’s discovered about reaching the state in which “thoughts and actions are occurring in complete synchronicity,” and how this state is accessible to all, not just the few.

In ten key lessons—illustrated by personal anecdotes from his clients—Lardon teaches readers how to access the zone not only in sports but in all aspects of their lives, by understanding how to:

• Transform desire into will
• Channel emotions to victory
• Trust instincts and keep it simple
• Conquer fear through acceptance
• Perform under pressure ... Read more

Customer Reviews (42)

3-0 out of 5 stars nonfictionwith porssiblities
I play table tennis, competitively.I'm not very good (around 1300), but I like doubles, and I am pretty good at that.I was hoping for some tips mentally on how to improve my game.I wouldn't call it a total loss, but most of the stuff was common sense.Still, if you are looking for an edge in a sport, you might find afew small gems in this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the most important boks I've ever read.
After 4 years of college, a Masters Degree, and a Doctorate, it's fair to say I have done a great deal of reading in Academia and have not stopped reading voraciously in the 30 years since finishing my formal education. I do not exaggerate when I say that this book turned out to be one of the most important I have EVER
read. Among other things, it inspired me to try something I have wanted to do for many years but not had the courage to begin (actually writing a novel).It also had many pragmatic suggestions and insights for the serious athlete (my son is such a person). It really is a must read for any intelligent person.

Stanley A. Landers

5-0 out of 5 stars Best book ever
Big Fan of Dr. Lardon's book. Really changed my mind set and improved my golf game. Higly recommendable.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Resource for Athletes
As an athlete in a very competitive sport, the 10 strategies found in Finding Your Zone really helped me better manage the pressure that comes with competing. It showed me multiple ways to deal with my anxiety on competition day, which allowed me to perform at my best. Also the book gave me several strategies on how to prepare for competitions. Athletes in any sport will be able to apply Dr. Lardon's techniques to their pre-competition and competition experiences.

5-0 out of 5 stars I wish I had this book when I first started playing golf 20 years ago
Dr. Lardon's message was the set of instructions I have been in search of to put together my golf game and dramatically improve my performance on the course.Since I first started playing, I have tried to every technique and tip to improve my game but usually with only temporary or inconsistent success.Success in golf is far more about the inner game than it is about technique. I was caring more about all the wrong things.Read this book and then enjoy calm, confident success in golf...and life. ... Read more

4. Psychology of Champions: How to Win at Sports and Life with the Focus Edge of Super-Athletes
by James J. Barrell, David Ryback
Hardcover: 240 Pages (2008-06-30)
list price: US$44.95 -- used & new: US$35.96
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: 0313354367
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan
Editorial Review

Product Description

The first book to gather firsthand accounts of successful practices, and thinking habits, of sports legends and super-athletes—from across sports including football, baseball, basketball, boxing, golf, car-racing, and swimming—this work holds lessons that can power not only athletic success, but winning in any daily challenges of life or work. The result of years of research, Psychology of Champions offers the very personal words of star athletes who explain how they overcame such obstacles as fear, discouragement, and anxiety, and were able to move on to success. Each story—including from those of baseball great Ted Williams, basketball star Michael Jordan, football's famed Deion Sanders, and dozens more from across sports —is unique. Yet, the authors determine that, when all is said and done, the overriding variables accounting for the greatest success fall into three categories: motivation, confidence, and concentration. Barrell and Ryback spell out the rules for such success after each section in this absorbing book. The result is a book that not only entertains and educates us with firsthand accounts of ever-popular sports heroes, but also instructs athletes, amateur or professional, and arguably anyone with a goal to achieve in work or life.

In-the-moment accounts reveal just what to do in various critical periods of sports competition—from being at bat in baseball, to making an instantaneous decision as a quarterback, firing the winning basket in the dying moments of a game, or launching the winning move in boxing or judo. Barrell and Ryback draw the lessons together in what they term The Focus Edge mindset. That mindset—and this book— says one former Olympian, take greatness and make it accessible to you and me.

... Read more

Customer Reviews (3)

4-0 out of 5 stars Bag of Great Ingredients -- But Needs A Chef
This book really is a mixed bag of good ingredients. It has lots of new interviews with true American sports greats talking about their inner thoughts conducted by two degreed psychologists. Lots of first-hand insight and wisdom here. But unfortunately these are not mixed or cooked with much else; resulting not in a fine meal, but rather we are left still with a collection of individual bits and pieces.

It's very surprising that a book on the psychology of champions doesn't mention the work of Abraham Maslow or K. Anders Ericsson, and indeed doesn't cite any other of the considerable scientific body of work in the acquisition of expertise or sports psychology. They state, "Although most sport psychology books from experimental psychology, we have utilized a very different approach called experiential (not experimental) research. This type of research focuses on the actual experiences of human beings as the source of its data and conclusions." OK. But other than a `Focus Edge' catchphrase repeated on and on, the results are pretty thin considering the richness of the ingredients.

The quotations are amazing, really good stuff, but many of them are repeated in different chapters. And sometimes they are different! On page 80 Matt Williams is quoted "Only think about the task at hand. Keep it simple. We tend to overthink. When I am concentrated, things just happen. The speed of the ball appears to slow down." On page 97 it's "Keeping it simple. Thinking only about the task at hand. Things are just happening. Speed of ball appears to slow down." Huh? On page 116 Deion Sanders is quoted, "I want to do what has never been done before. To be creative, to be undone, to show the unseen." But on back on page 20 the quote marks were around "I want to be the best and take things to a new level--to do the undone, to show the unseen, to be creative. I want to do what has never been done before." The repeats and changes are jarring.

So I enjoyed reading the first-hand thoughts, but felt the rest of the `Focus Edge' fill was kinda weak. More science, more background, more history, more insight from the coaches that help create champions -- some or all of these would have been more welcome than the filler 15 pages of `biographical sketches' of the superstars that were already given introductions in the main text. This is not a stand alone book in its subject area, but more a fascinating supplement to other works. It needs more mixing and cooking in other words. I hope you find this review helpful.

5-0 out of 5 stars An Exciting Book That Provides Great Value
This exciting book will have great value for sports fans and for anyone interested in becoming a winner in his or her chosen profession,and in life itself. Because I have followed college and professional sports closely for several decades, I have wondered--many times--how and why superstars separate themselves from the pack. This book provides vital, easy-to-emulate answers. Fortunately, the book draws its findings from primary sources--superlative athletes in a cross-section of sports.

The authors avoid clinical psychological jargon. The writing style is clear, yet compelling.

My prediction: Those who read this book and apply its findings will benefit from Psychology of Champions, whatever their activity might be.

The Complete Communicator: Change Your Communication-change Your Life!

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent - A Book for Champions
This is an awesome source of information; not just on what it took for people to become champions but their thought processes and outside influences.From visualization to self-doubt and anxiety this book walks the reader thoughthe important factors in self-improvement and personal growth.It doesn't matter if your an athlete or not.Psychology of Champions provides great insight into becoming a champion, raising a child to be a champion or coaching others to be champions, etc.I'm certainly not referring only to the field of athletics either it could be that you want to be a champion of a cause or an industry; it all works here!
... Read more

5. Applied Sport Psychology: Personal Growth to Peak Performance
by Jean Williams
Paperback: 640 Pages (2009-06-05)
-- used & new: US$80.39
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: 0073376531
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan
Editorial Review

Product Description
Drawing upon the expertise of more than twenty leaders of their fields, this is a comprehensive and practical guide to psychological concepts and theories as well as to strategies and techniques designed to help future coaches and sport psychologists cultivate peak performance and personal growth through recent advances in sport psychology. The text's four-part organization focuses on motivation and leadership, social interactions, mental training, program implementation, and issues that go beyond performance enhancement. Contributing authors are experts in their topic, and each chapter has been written specifically for this collection. ... Read more

Customer Reviews (4)

5-0 out of 5 stars Really thorough with good examples...
I had to get this book for class and was pleasantly surprised how easy a read it's been. Lots of good case studies and a variety of information for coaches and sport psychologists.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Price and Fast Shipping!!
I purchased the book at a great price and it arrived within a few days!

5-0 out of 5 stars Such a great "Hands-On" resource!
As a performance enhancement specialist, I am constantly looking for activities and exercies to do with my clients. This book helps to develop PST programs, including various activites to do with your athletes. This book was used as a text in a Sport Psychology class that I took. I have found it to be extremely helpful and fully recommend it.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best of applied sport psychology theory and practice.
Jean William's edited text is a favorite of mine. I use it in our graduateprogram at Georgia Southern University. The authors have done an excellentjob of presenting both the "whys" and "how tos" of theintervention techniques in sport psychology. Several leading sportpsychologists have made significant, easy to understand, contributions tothis text. This book has accomplished the rare feat of being able to beused as an academic text AND a "performance enhancement" book forthe interested athlete, coach, exerciser, or other performers. ... Read more

6. Sport Psychology for Cyclists
by Saul Miller, Peggy Maass Hill, Peggy Maass Hill
 Paperback: 258 Pages (1999-10)
list price: US$16.95 -- used & new: US$35.00
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: 1884737684
Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan
Editorial Review

Product Description
In eight chapters representing a cycling team's eight sessions with a sports psychologist, this book teaches athletes how to cultivate the thoughts, feelings, and insights necessary for optimal cycling performance. It includes breathing techniques for power and emotional control, tips for handling pressure, and four types of imagery. ... Read more

7. Doing Sport Psychology
by Mark Andersen
Paperback: 312 Pages (2000-07-28)
list price: US$48.00 -- used & new: US$43.19
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: 0736000860
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan
Editorial Review

Product Description

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 Psychology involves 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!

" ... Read more

Customer Reviews (3)

4-0 out of 5 stars What Can I Say
The book arrived in the condition promised in a timely fashion. I didn't find the book as useful as I had hoped, but that's not the shipper's fault. I have no reservations about ordering from them again, and definitely recommend them.

4-0 out of 5 stars Introduction to Sport Psychology Made Easy
Doing Sport Psychology is edited by Mark B. Anderson who has worked with athletes for many years in both Australia and the United States.He is the first and current editor of the Professional Practice section of the international journal The Sport Psychologist.Hence he has a sound practical working knowledge of applied sport psychology.The authors of the book are well respected in the field of sport psychology and the book provides a fantastic opportunity for readers to sample their practical style rather than simply reading chapters on theory and principles.It is invaluable to read about what has and has not worked for other practitioners.The chapters provide learning experiences, which can only be of benefit to readers.

Doing Sport Psychology aimed to focus on the process of delivering sport psychology services to athletes and performers.It covers applied issues such as the planning of and note taking for initial and subsequent psychology sessions, the implementation of skills such as relaxation, self-talk, imagery, goal setting, and addresses problematic issues such as depression, suicide, eating disorders, injury, career transitions, and grief.Furthermore the book outlines supervision arrangements, internship experiences, and working as a sport psychologist at the Olympics.Additionally there are chapters on applying the skills learned in the sport psychology domain to coaching and performing artists.

In every chapter the authors identify the relevant and prevalent issues for the topic and provide insight into their experiences working with the issue.This process is complimented by the inclusion of dialogue from their own case studies.These case studies provide a reference that very few, if any, sport psychology texts provide. Anderson (2000) has used Doing Psychotherapy by Basch (1980) as model in developing this book and it has proven to be successful.The book is extremely easy to read.The language used is clear and concise.The authors write in a relaxed and natural way that makes reading enjoyable.

The main strength of this book is its practical nature.This is vital for psychology students who are trying to specialise in the sporting domain.Moreover it can provide refreshing advice for psychologists currently practicing in the field.The emphasis on dialogue promotes the importance of the working relationship between psychologist and coach, athlete or allied health practitioner.

Throughout the book Cognitive Behavioural Therapy was discussed and utilised, however it is important to point out that other therapeutic techniques such as a psychodynamic approach were advanced.The application of alternative approaches is often an overlooked concept from postgraduate training in sport psychology and thus their inclusion promotes a multidimensional field.Despite the clear importance of the dialogue and the brief mention of alternative therapeutic approaches, the quantity of dialogue may be excessive at times, especially as it does not provide examples of therapist-client interactions that are unique to the sporting domain.The dialogue would be enhanced by reducing the superfluous exchanges and demonstrating a variety of therapeutic approaches.

The differentiation between sport psychology and other branches of psychology was beneficial in clarifying the unique circumstances that sport psychologists can experience during their work.Despite the apparent differences the book still emphasises the importance of adhering to ethical standards.These words of advice are very useful for students who are undertaking their internship or externship placements.A particular aspect of the book which was simple but had practical relevance to sport psychology was the concept of asking yourself why a particular method or intervention was chosen.Furthermore self-monitoring was another concept that is a particularly helpful tool in the practice of sport psychology.

Doing Sport Psychology is aimed at students, supervisors, and practitioners of sport psychology.This book is valuable to students undertaking specialised education and training in sport psychology.In particular, the book is useful for those students who have limited practical experience.There are examples throughout of how service delivery is accomplished.Doing Sport Psychology is a valuable resource for each of the aforementioned target groups.

References Basch, M.F.(1980).Doing Psychotherapy.New York: Basic Books.

5-0 out of 5 stars "Doing Sport Psychology" Opens the Door to Sport Psych
"It is the first book to accurately depict the complex and dynamic work of everyday sport psychology. . . The most impressive quality of this book is that it focuses on the process of sport psychology interventions," wrote Shane Murphy in the Afterword of this excellent text. This is a ground-breaking book that lets the reader in on sessions conducted by a variety of sport psychology practitioners. I found myself captivated by the discussions of professional and substantive issues raised by the twenty-two contributors and their editor. The chapters gave me ideas and caused me to reflect on my own work with clients. The attention given to the specific actions and choices we make with clients was intriguing. In a few instances, authors referred to the notion of "biblio-therapy," or giving a book to a client as part of the intervention. Doing Sport Psychology could be viewed as "biblio-supervision" or as an essential learning tool for developing practitioners. Remarks on the back cover state that this is the book that Andersen wishes he had when he was in graduate school, and I echo his sentiments and recommend this volume highly for graduate applied sport psychology courses. As Murphy suggested, it is somewhat surprising that our field has not had a book of this kind until now. It is a much welcomed addition to the literature. A great strength of the writing is that authors showed their human side, their mistakes, and vulnerabilities. For graduate students and new practitioners, this is a rich learning ground. Although the authors varied in the extent to which they revealed themselves, the overall work takes much of the mystery out of what sport psychologists do. Many of us got involved in sport psychology out of an interest in people and the processes they go through in sports. The sundry case studies give us a window into individuals' dynamics and the work being done. "Doing Sport Psychology is about what practitioners have found to be helpful out there on the playing fields, and it focuses more on the effectiveness side of the ongoing debate in treatment outcome research" (p. xv) ... Read more

8. Assessment in Sport Psychology
by Robert M. Nideffer, Marc-Simon Sagal
Paperback: 220 Pages (2001-01-01)
list price: US$29.00 -- used & new: US$25.00
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: 1885693281
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan
Editorial Review

Product Description
*Will the athlete you're working with put it all together when everything is on the line?
*What can you do to make sure an athlete performs best when it really counts?
*Are certain conditions more likely to lead to success (or failure)?
*Will he or she be able, and willing, to make the changes required to be more successful?

In today's highly competitive environment, the answers to these questions often spell the difference between success and failure, not only for individuals, but also for entire teams and organizations. At the upper levels of performance, in situations where competing individuals and teams have all the technical skill and tactical knowledge required to be successful, psychological factors become the most important determinants of outcome. The ability to control emotions, to communicate effectively and to perform under pressure, is what separates winners from losers.

Sport psychologists are beginning to uncover the links between thought processes and physiology; as a result, today's testing tools have much greater utility and relevance than ever before. Today, more than ever before, sport psychology professionals must have the skills necessary to bridge the worlds of science and application.

After testing and evaluating athletes, you often hear comments like the following:

**"I can't believe you got all that from a test."
**"Have you been at my practices and games for the past year?"
**"That's exactly what happened yesterday."
**"That's amazing! You described the situation perfectly."
**"Can you imagine where we could be if we'd known this stuff 3 years ago?"

Assessment will become an increasingly valuable part of graduate education in sport psychology. The reason is simple: Sport has become big business. In today's highly competitive sports markets, much is at stake, and winning is what it's all about. ... Read more

Customer Reviews (2)

4-0 out of 5 stars Assessment in Sport psych
Another great tool for the sport psych learner.Gives good and valuable information on how to use sport psych assessment tools.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Practical Guide for Working Effectively with Athletes...
Very useful and practical information for enhancing performance. ... Read more

9. Sport Psychology for Coaches
by Damon Burton, Thomas Raedeke
Paperback: 304 Pages (2008-01-17)
list price: US$37.00 -- used & new: US$30.94
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: 0736039864
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan
Editorial Review

Product Description

We marvel at the steely nerves, acute concentration, and flawless execution exhibited on the 18th green, at the free-throw line, in the starting blocks, and on the balance beam. While state-of-the-art training regimens have extended athletes' physical boundaries, more and more coaches are realizing the importance of sport psychology in taking athletic performance to new levels. Tomorrow's record-breaking accomplishments will not be the result of athletes' training harder physically, but of athletes' training smarter mentally.

Sport Psychology for Coaches provides information that coaches need to help athletes build mental toughness and achieve excellence—in sport and in life. As a coach, you'll gain a big-picture perspective on the mental side of sport by examining how athletes act, think, and feel when they practice and compete. You'll learn to use such mental tools as goal setting, imagery, relaxation, energization, and self-talk to help your athletes build mental training programs. You'll also see how assisting your athletes in developing mental skills such as motivation, energy management, focus, stress management, and self-confidence leads to increased enjoyment, improved life skills, and enhanced performance. And you'll discover how to put it all together into mental plans and mental skills training programs that allow your athletes to attain and maintain a mind-set that fosters peak performance.

The easy-to-follow format of the text includes learning objectives that introduce each chapter, sidebars illustrating sport-specific applications of key concepts and principles, chapter summaries organized by content and sequence, key terms, chapter review questions, a comprehensive glossary, and other useful resources to help readers implement mental training programs for athletes.

Written primarily for high school coaches, Sport Psychology for Coaches is a practical, easy-to-use resource reflecting the two authors' combined 45 years of teaching, coaching, researching, and consulting experience. It reflects principles that are not only consistent with the latest theory and research, but have stood the test of time and worked for coaches and athletes in all sports at all levels. You'll come away from Sport Psychology for Coaches with a greater understanding and appreciation for sport psychology and the practical knowledge you need to put it to work for you and your athletes.

Sport Psychology for Coaches serves as the text for the American Sport Education Program Silver Level course, Sport Psychology for Coaches.

... Read more

Customer Reviews (2)

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Chapter on Developing Positive Self-Talk Scripts
I'm not a sports coach, so I won't review the rest of the book. However, I was searching for techniques in developing positive Self-Talk Scripts, and this books Chapter 7 Self-Talk is the very best I have seen anywhere on developing specific, directed, self-talk scripts. I ordered this book specifically for this chapter alone. Although emphasizing sport, the worksheets and purposes can be used in developing self-talk for any situation in one's life.Also, this book includes an excellent overview and summary of the current understanding and application of Self-Talk.Highly recommended for fans of Self-Talk, along with the seminal 'The Self-Talk Solution' by Dr. Shad Helmstetter.

5-0 out of 5 stars tigergirl1
The product was in great shape and delivered in an appropriate amount of time.I have no complaints!Great job! ... Read more

10. Advances in Sport and Exercise Psychology Measurement
Textbook Binding: 544 Pages (2000-12-15)
list price: US$49.00 -- used & new: US$34.30
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: 1885693117
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan
Editorial Review

Product Description
Edited by Joan L. Duda, PhD, this text provides a comprehensive review of measurement approaches within sport and exercise psychology. Over 50 of the world's leading experts in the field contribute to chapters addressing the historical, theoretical, and methodological foundations of existent measures. ... Read more

Customer Reviews (2)

5-0 out of 5 stars Advances in Sport and Exercise Pyschology Measurements
If you are truly into a masters/PhD program in sport psychology, this text is excellent!A great deal to learn from in an area of sport psych still under speculation.Great research book!

5-0 out of 5 stars metal skills
attentio ... Read more

11. Sport Psychology: Concepts and Applications with PowerWeb: Health and Human Performance
by Richard H Cox
Paperback: 512 Pages (2001-08-29)
-- used & new: US$64.19
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: 0072489154
Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars
Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan
Editorial Review

Product Description
This new edition provides students with a solid foundation in the concepts of sport and exercise psychology and their application in exercise and sport settings. New texts now come packaged with PowerWeb: Health & Human Performance! ... Read more

Customer Reviews (1)

1-0 out of 5 stars Ugh!
Bought this book for a class and hated it.I love sport psychology but this book is a big turn off.Dry, not a lot of relevant examples, and it lacks in-depth definitions for new terms. ... Read more

12. Advances in Sport Psychology - 3rd Edition
Hardcover: 512 Pages (2008-03-24)
list price: US$74.00 -- used & new: US$49.98
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: 0736057358
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan
Editorial Review

Product Description
The updated third edition of Advances in Sport Psychology offers a view of the latest research in the field of sport psychology. The text is written by 34 of the field's most prolific researchers and scholars, including Maureen Weiss, Shane Murphy, and Albert Carron. These contributors extend the boundaries that have defined the field and provide a clear direction for future research.

This third edition has been completely revised to reflect the advances that have occurred in the field within the past several years. The text provides readers with a complete picture of current research and emerging topics in sport psychology while challenging researchers to examine the factors that keep this discipline growing. Advances in Sport Psychology, Third Edition, provides a fresh look at sport psychology with these features:

  • Four new chapters on qualitative research methods, achievement goal theories, self-confidence, and family and peer influences
  • Significant revisions of the second-edition chapters, along with more concise overviews of individual topics
  • An analysis and synthesis of the state of knowledge for each topic and a discussion of future research directions
The text focuses on the most important and active areas of current research, which recognize the merging of individual and socioenvironmental factors in making sense of sport performance and behavior. Each chapter includes a definition of terms, an explanation of the chapter's scope, and an outline of the sections. The author then provides a review of the available research and theory on the chapter's main topic, analyzes the state of knowledge in the area, and devotes significant space to future research directions.

The book is divided into four parts. Part I offers a comprehensive introduction to the field, including definitions, history, and research paradigms and methodologies. Part II explores individual characteristics that affect sport participants' behavior, including self-perceptions, attributional patterns and perceptions of control, motivational orientations, and achievement goal perspectives. Part III explores socioenvironmental factors that affect sport participants' behaviors. Part IV delves into the research and theory concerning intervention techniques used for enhancing performance and modifying athletes' behaviors, including imagery and mental rehearsal, attentional processes, goal setting, and flow and peak performance.

Advances in Sport Psychology, Third Edition, offers a new and thorough understanding of where sport psychology has been, where it is now, and where it is headed. This text will help students prepare and conduct their own research, and it will be a great reference for professionals who want to stay on the cutting-edge of the field. ... Read more

Customer Reviews (1)

4-0 out of 5 stars Good use for class
very good book, sometimes too many studies, which makes it confusing to read in some chapters. However, in general this good provides a good broad overview of sport psychology. ... Read more

13. Sport Psychology: From Theory to Practice (4th Edition)
by Mark H. Anshel
Paperback: 450 Pages (2002-11-02)
list price: US$107.80 -- used & new: US$95.00
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: 080535364X
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan
Editorial Review

Product Description
This book fills a need for an applied sport psychology book based on credible, published research. A deliberate attempt is made to base application on theory while avoiding scientific and statistical jargon so readers at various levels of education, past experience, and expertise can feel comfortable with the book's content. Sport examples from media publications and from the author's own experiences as a sport psychologist nurture the connection between the professional literature and real-life sport experiences.The opening chapter explains the field of sport psychology, which also encompasses the related field of exercise psychology. Chapter 4 focuses on how coaches and athletes interpret and explain the causes of contest results, and how that plays an important role in future participation. Chapter 5 uncovers the underlying causes of an athlete's emotions just prior to the contest and what one can do about them. To lend additional credence to the application of cited research studies, Chapter 12 includes portions of the author's conversations with many athletes, showing that many ideas believed to be widely held "truths" in the coaching profession often are considered myths by the athletes themselves.For anyone interested in the psychology of sport. ... Read more

Customer Reviews (2)

5-0 out of 5 stars Easy to apply to business and family
Most of this book can be easily applied to business and even family rearing. This treasure trove contains sensible approaches, tools, and tips to enhance skills of anyone working with people. I highly recommend that it become required reading for coaches at every level, and to supervisors and managers in any industry. In terms of interpersonal relationships, applying just one of the hundreds of gems found here can take anyone from adequate to great, and from great to fantastic. Achieve Your Vibrant Healthy Body
Brian Walsh, author, Unleashing Your Brilliance: Tools & Techniques to Achieve Personal, Professional & Academic Success

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent information
This book is very good. It's a little verbos but the information provided is useful. There are a lot of specific examples of different aspects of sports and exercise physiology as well as identifying addiction and dependency. ... Read more

14. Sport Fans: The Psychology and Social Impact of Spectators
by Daniel L. Wann, Merrill J. Melnick, Gordon W. Russell, Dale G. Pease
Paperback: 256 Pages (2001-01-08)
list price: US$42.50 -- used & new: US$23.00
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: 0415924642
Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan
Editorial Review

Product Description
This is a book on sport fans and spectators which will appeal mostly to undergraduate and graduate students in psychology, sociology, sports marketing and HPER. It is a thorough introduction to social and behavioral science methods and applications as applied to sports fandom. ... Read more

15. Flow in Sports: The keys to optimal experiences and performances
by Susan Jackson, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Paperback: 192 Pages (1999-05-19)
list price: US$19.95 -- used & new: US$11.28
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: 0880118768
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan
Editorial Review

Product Description
The experience of flow is still one of the leastunderstood phenomena in sport. And yet it is one of the richest, mostmemorable experiences an athlete will ever know.

Some call it a natural "high." Others refer to it as being"in a zone." Whatever the label, flow is that elusive anddesired state of consciousness that athletes, coaches, andpsychologists have tried to understand, harness, and employ to theirbenefit ever since Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi first coined the term backin the early 1970s.

Written by Susan Jackson and the world-renowned Csikszentmihalyi, Flowin Sports both explains the phenomenon of optimal experience andidentifies the key antecedents and conditions associated with itsoccurrence. Moreover, the authors specify several thoughts and actionsthat athletes and coaches can engage in to set the stage for flow tooccur during training sessions and performances. Their insights aresupported throughout the book with real-life examples, testimonialquotes, and research findings.

Find the peak experience—the added fun—that you’ve been missing. Get in flow, and achieve the most incredible performance state you’ll ever know. ... Read more

Customer Reviews (12)

4-0 out of 5 stars good read and helpful
bought the book for a school project, and it turned out to be helpful. helfpul/intersting insights on ones mental state in sport

5-0 out of 5 stars Informative
Flow in Sports was a very straight forward and easy to understand book that has helped me imensly with my sport performance. They give you all the information; all you have to do is apply it!

3-0 out of 5 stars Good book, not well written
I recently went on a binge of "mental training" books. This one came highly recommended, and I have to be honest, I am not very impressed. The main problem is the style of writing is, well, boring. I found myself constantly reading, then re-reading pages. ZZZzzzzzzz.... I am going to re-read the book - it does have some good info in it - maybe a second read through will be easier.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good, but there are better
This is a good book.It is very interesting subject, and the qualifactions of the authors is without doubt.But.There is a but.It is not great.It could be more readable, it could cover more ground, it could have a lot more examples than 'simon' who is some never identified cyclist.If you search for flow, zone, deep play, inner game and sports you will find plenty of books that are not just good, but great.

5-0 out of 5 stars Flow in Sports
If you know some better psychingbook as this so tell me. ... Read more

16. The New Toughness Training for Sports: Mental Emotional Physical Conditioning from One of the World's Premier Sports Psychologists
by James E. Loehr
Paperback: 224 Pages (1995-11-01)
list price: US$15.00 -- used & new: US$8.38
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: 0452269989
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan
Editorial Review

Product Description
Loehr, author of the bestselling Mental Toughness Training for Sports, has trained more than 100 world-class athletes, from tennis ace Martina Navratilova to boxer Ray Mancini. This book--based on Loehr's toughening techniques--as well as the most scientific studies available--includes a whole new range of programs and goals for any athlete, professional or amateur. 20 photos. ... Read more

Customer Reviews (22)

5-0 out of 5 stars Extremely applicable in working with athletes
I am a sports psychotherapist in private practice and integrate James Loehr's concepts when working with clients.I utilized his Competitive Adjective Assessment when working with a master level women's cycling team.It helped them gain insight into their strengths and weaknessess and then to set goals based upon the results.In addition, the assessment pointed out the discrepancy between how they see themselves vs others (ie coach, teammate). In addition, the author's stress/recovery model makes is an effective approach in building toughness in sport and life.

5-0 out of 5 stars The New Toughness Training For Sports
This is an amazing book for athletes or non-athletes who want to have a winner's grit and tenaciousness.I recommend it highly.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
Excellent book.Well written.Pertinent information for not only sports, but life as well.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic. Wish I would have read this years ago
I've now purchased 5 copies of this book to give as gifts. Fantastic material covering everything needed to reach what Loehr calls the IPS Ideal Performer State. I also like that Loehr includes a section on physical conditioning being key to being mentally tough. I have two friends who are professional MMA fighters and they've got a lot out of this book as well. Highly recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars The New Toughness Training For Sports
Very interesting points made in this book.It's a quick read and very well-written. ... Read more

17. Handbook of Sport Psychology
Hardcover: 960 Pages (2007-02-02)
list price: US$170.00 -- used & new: US$125.98
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: 0471738115
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan
Editorial Review

Product Description
Endorsed by the International Society of Sport Psychology, this classic reference draws on an international roster of experts and scholars in the field who have assembled state-of-the-art knowledge into this thorough, well-rounded, and accessible volume. It is completely updated to reflect the latest research and is an indispensable resource for any student or professional interested in the field of sport psychology. ... Read more

Customer Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars Most current sport psychology book
I just used this book for a master's sport psychology class. I'm not a psychologist, I took this class for interest and I really enjoyed it. The book was a great help and was very interesting. Actually, reading some of the chapters on motivation and performance helped with my own sport performance and my own motivation to help me run longer and harder! I was pretty surprised how much I liked a textbook... ... Read more

18. Sport Psychology
by Daniel L. Wann
Hardcover: 432 Pages (1996-12-15)
list price: US$124.00 -- used & new: US$20.00
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: 0024245127
Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan
Editorial Review

Product Description
Written from a psychologist's perspective, this enlightening study offers a general overview of the application of psychology to sport settings. Examining the diverse array of issues that make up sport psychology today, the book discusses the foundations of sport psychology, explores participation in sport, covers topics related directly or indirectly to athletic performance, examines sport psychology intervention strategies, considers the social psychology of sport, and addresses the psychology of the sports fan and spectator. Unique topic coverage includes a look at research methods in sport psychology, character building in sport, issues relevant to female athletes, role anxiety, relaxation training for coaches, and much more.For professionals in physical education and/or psychology. ... Read more

19. Sports Neuropsychology: Assessment and Management of Traumatic Brain Injury
Hardcover: 324 Pages (2006-02-06)
list price: US$50.00 -- used & new: US$45.00
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: 1572300787
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan
Editorial Review

Product Description

Neuropsychologists are increasingly involved in the assessment and management of sports-related concussion. This is the only book to provide practical guidelines for evaluating mild head injury and making crucial return-to-play decisions for athletes at all levels, from schoolchildren to high school, college, and professional players. Essential basic knowledge is presented and exemplary concussion management programs are described in depth. Coverage encompasses the most sophisticated, evidence-based neurocognitive techniques, including computerized test batteries for pre- and postconcussion assessment. With special attention to ethical and professional issues, the book provides keys to successful collaboration with physicians, coaches and trainers, and patients and their families.
... Read more

Customer Reviews (1)

4-0 out of 5 stars Sports Neuropsychology- A review from the perspective of a biomedical engineering student and athlete
Review Intentions

My review is intended to give potential readers guidance as to what they might gain from reading this book. There are many different professions that can benefit from the information provided, although the compiling author had clinical neuropsychologists and psychologists in mind.I encourage anyone interested in sports, medicine, and sports related injuries to read some, or all, of this book, but note, not everyone will enjoy it due to the background knowledge necessary for understanding.

Style and Prose Critique

For the most part, the book is written in a conversational tone, which allowed me to get through some of the more technical sections with ease. The book is structured much like a review article, meaning it contains information from a broad range of studies and authors, mainly focusing on mild traumatic brain injuries (MTBI) and concussions. I liked the use of various authors to write about different aspects a neuropsychologist might face when entering the realm of sports neuropsychology.

Content Discussion

The book is broken down into five main parts, each of which is broken down into chapters with more specific examples and explanations. The first part gives a basic history of sports in which head injuries historically appear. It also explains the need for study and management of sports related concussions. The author gives an objective view of pros and cons working with athletes and athletic teams. In this section, he encourages each neuropsychologist to carefully examine his or her motives for pursuing this specific field. As a whole, this part is interesting and gives a good background for the rest of the book; however, much of the historical information is not pertinent to current applications and might seem useless to some readers.

The second part of the book is by far the most technical. The intended reader should have no difficulty understanding the basic physiological and scientific information presented. This section tackles the difficult issue of defining what constitutes a concussion, the epidemiology of concussions, and clinically applying this knowledge in the sports arena. What I like best about this section is the author's use of sports jargon. For example, William B. Barr writes, "The terms `having one's bell rung' or receiving a `ding' are sports expressions used to describe when an athlete has received a relatively severe blow to the head" (Echemendía, p. 89). I've heard these terms used all my life playing football and rugby, and not once have I stopped and thought how we can dismiss what is potentially a serious brain injury with something as simple as a colloquial phrase.Some of the more important questions raised in this section are the cause and effect, both short and long-term, of MTBI on kids as well as adults. Some studies provide evidence to answer these questions, but for the most part, the scientific and medical communities know little about how concussions are caused (traditional versus rotational forces), and the effects of concussions. Evidence has shown that there are lower concussive thresholds for successive impacts, and that second-impact syndrome could have devastating consequences later in life ranging from cognitive impairment to even Alzheimer's. This section also provides the reader with information on how to assess MTBI on the "sideline," and what the guidelines for "return-to-play" should be.

The third part of the book aims to aid the neuropsychologist in starting and maintaining MTBI testing programs including elementary school, middle school, high school, college, and professional level athletes. I like the idea that these testing programs can be implemented in schools to educate and involve a majority of young athletes and parents that may not know anything about MTBI and the risks to which young athletes are exposed. I think more than just neuropsychologists can benefit from reading this section. For these programs to be initiated, public officials need to be convinced of the dangers of MTBI before any of them agree to spend money on a comprehensive and potentially expensive program. The author might have added advice as to presenting this information to those that might not fully grasp the physiological and developmental importance of the brain and its functions. Unfortunately, I think navigating the political or social community is a necessary evil in which the average neuropsychologist will have little to no experience.

The fourth section is specific to computerized neuropsychological test batteries. As a non-neuropsychologist I found this section to be the least useful or informative to me. Multiple tests are given including the ImPACT Neuropsychological Test Battery, the HeadMinder Concussion Resolution Index, CogSport, and Sports Concussion Applications of the Automated Neuropsychological Assessment Metrics Sports Medicine Battery. These all have slightly different criteria for assessing cognitive impairment, but what I took from the section is that computerized technology is a method for making neuropsychological testing quicker and cheaper which in turn will allow it to be used in a much more extensive manner when compare to traditional handwritten neuropsychological tests. This section is really only useful if the reader intends to implement some sort of computer based testing.

The fifth and final section gives the reader different perspectives when assessing, treating, and monitoring sports MTBI. Throughout the book, but especially here, the author(s) state the importance of collaboration when dealing with MTBI. Certified athletic trainers, team physicians, coaches, players (and parents), and neuropsychologists all must work together when either assessing or treating MTBI. The main goal is to prevent further injury to the player, while not being overly cautious so as to prevent the player from achieving necessary goals.
Final Statements

I think this book does a good job explaining many aspects of sports MTBI. For those interested in medicine as well as sports, I highly recommend reading and understanding the facts behind why some of your favorite sports players might not be allowed to play for extended periods of time from one little hit in a game. The implications for fantasy football could be enormous.
... Read more

20. Clinical Sport Psychology
by Frank Gardner, Zella Moore
Hardcover: 296 Pages (2005-10-21)
list price: US$64.00 -- used & new: US$46.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: 0736053050
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan
Editorial Review

Product Description
Clinical Sport Psychology will provide readers with an assortment of tools to use in evaluating and working with athletes. The text addresses a range of athletes’ issues in an informed and integrated approach to sport psychology. Rather than focusing on one problem area, one modality of intervention, or one aspect of professional practice, Clinical Sport Psychology blends grounded theory and sound research with effective assessment and intervention practices, presenting empirically informed intervention guidelines specific to various needs of athletes.

This text provides the foundation needed for working with athletes experiencing a range of nonclinical, subclinical, and clinical issues. Readers will learn to thoroughly assess athletes, identify and understand their needs, and appropriately intervene with each athlete—unless a referral is necessary to better meet an athlete’s individual needs.

Clinical Sport Psychology contains the following features:* A thorough explanation of the Mindfulness-Acceptance-Commitment (MAC) approach to enhancement of sport performance* A detailed examination of the empirical support for traditional procedures in sport psychology* A detailed and practical understanding of the Integrative Model of Athletic Performance (IMAP), which integrates clinical and sport science* A firm understanding of the Multilevel Classification System for Sport Psychology (MCS-SP), a model to classify the wide range of athletes’ issues* A clear organizational structure from theory through intervention, including special considerations

Clinical Sport Psychology presents a new way of thinking about the psychological processes that are involved in attaining and maintaining sport expertise. The text, based on clinical and sport research, bridges the gap between clinical and sport psychologists by presenting a model that connects athletic performance, basic psychological processes, and relevant empirical findings. This cutting-edge text promotes a greater understanding of the varying dimensions of clinical phenomena and how nonclinical, subclinical, and clinical issues affect athletic performance and the overall well-being of athletes. Whether helping athletes improve competitive performance, adjust to the changing demands of the athletic environment, or clarify clinical issues, sport psychologists will find valuable insight and direction from this text.

Part I integrates relevant knowledge in clinical and sport science, laying the foundation for practice in clinical sport psychology. Part II shows how to assess and classify athletes’ issues beyond the traditional assessment approaches in sport psychology. It includes a new and useful approach to the holistic assessment of cases, thereby leading to sound intervention decisions and strategies for case formulation. Part III delves into intervention guidelines for the full range of problems and issues that the practicing clinical sport psychologist will face, and it offers both innovative and empirically informed interventions for a variety of client needs. Part IV examines special considerations in clinical sport psychology, including ethics, professional development, supervision, and future directions for the profession.

With 30 years of ongoing practical experience with professional athletes, the authors present an integrated and holistic approach to clinical sport psychology, guiding readers in understanding, effectively assessing, and appropriately intervening with athletic clientele. ... Read more

Customer Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars Required reading
Note: amazon.com have ISBN: 0-7360-5305-0 listed as paperback but it is hardback.

The authors suggest that this text is aimed at sports psychologists, sports psychology researchers and sports scientists.I fall into the sports scientist category.

Throughout the book the authors advocate an evidence based, ethical approach to sport psychology.The text gives numerous references to the research literature and therefore acts as an excellent narrative review assessing both research data and theoretical development.It is also highly critical of many aspects of current practice, outlining the theoretical and ethical errors that underpins much of it.I especially appreciated this honest approach as I am a firm believer in the need for evidence based practice.

After an introduction, the book outlines a theoretical model for the interaction of performance and psychological issues - the 'Integrative Model of Athletic Performance (IMAP)'.I found this chapter slightly confusing since it seemed to go off on tangents, and the rest of the text makes little reference to IMAP.However, the model seems sound and I think a second reading will help in seeing it as underpinning the authors' approach in the rest of the book.

The real meat of the book begins with chapter 3 where they introduce a classification system for assement of client conditions - the Multilevel Classification System for Sport Psychology (MCS-SP).This represents a fundamental shift in sports psych practice as it groups clients into those only needing performance development, those with subclinical issues, and those with clinical issues.They present the rationalle behind this system brilliantly and explain the danger of applying performance enhancement without tackling underlying sub clinical or clinical issues.These themes are developed throughout the book.

Next they present assessment strategies, giving an overview of the role of interviews (structured and unstructered) and psychological tests.They give lots of practical advice and integrate this with the MCS-SP protocol. Perhaps in future editions (this book will last!) this section could be expanded to give a thourough list of appropriate tests available rather than selected references.This is a bit of a nit-pick though.

In the next chapter they review Moore's published systematic review into traditional sports psychology techniques, with depressing findings.This represents a significant result and should shock the profession.

Next they present early findings of their research into mindfullness-aceptance-commitmance (MAC) treatments for performance development.They precede this with a theoretical (including research findings) look at why traditional techniques may not work, presenting a possible fundamental flaw.The data they provide on the MAC is very interesting but they stress the research is in its early stages and not ready to be applied (for example, the sample size used is currently way to small).However, I fear that some may ignore these caveats and look to apply the techniques already.I think the presentation of the chapter could have been more careful with this in mind.However, as a chapter for researchers, it was very interesting and exciting.

In the next 4 chapters they examine evidence based approaches for tackling sub-clinical and clinical issues.These are very interesting and emphasises the need for integration of clinical psychology into sports psychology.

Other chapters include advice on case formulation, ethics (very important), training, and future directions.There are a lot of example scenarios, highlightling subtle concerns for psychologists and giving practical suggestions.

As a sports scientist I would have benefitted from a glossary in the back explaining some of the terms they use.It wasn't too bad (and there's always wikipedia) but the book does assume a lot of prior knowledge.Also, the authors use the word 'holistic' a lot which in the UK is generally used only by 'alternative health' people and therefore the antithesis of what this book is all about.And I spotted 'ongoing' several times which made me wince each time. A word of warning - curiously, the text is very slightly smudgable.

This book is hard hitting and to the point.It skillfully (with lots of references, theoretical and ethical discussions) shows the fundamental errors in current practice, and presents the way forward that everyone should adopt.This book should be mandatory for all practicing and aspiring sports psychologists, trainers, psychology researchers, sports scientists, and policy makers.

One final note - Zella Moore's picture is the best author photo I've ever seen!

Joe Wright - Badmintology, www.topracket.com/Badmintology ... Read more

  1-20 of 100 | Next 20

Prices listed on this site are subject to change without notice.
Questions on ordering or shipping? click here for help.

site stats