Help keep this site FREE, buy all your sport psychology books through Athletic Insight. Don't forget to visit our sponsors.
Advances in Motivation
Doing Sport Psychology
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. Applying 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 includes the following five sections:
Developing Sport Psychology Within Your Clinical Practice: A Practical Guide for Mental Health Professionals
Provides guidance to experienced psychologists and social workers who wish to expand their practice into the growing field of sports psychology. Addresses how to change personal and professional priorities and increase knowledge and credentials to expand clinical practice, clinical techniques such as prescribed exercise, and how to use sports psychology techniques in other areas of clinical practice. Also treated are the special problems of amateur and professional athletes, including women, youth, and injured and aging athletes.
Frameworks for Sport Psychologists: Enhancing Sport Performance
Many traditional psychology texts devote significant coverage to psychological theory. In Frameworks for Sport Psychologists, author Karen L. Hill highlights five popular theoretical models and demonstrates how they can be applied in helping athletes to improve their performance. To demonstrate how theoretical models work, the author introduces the hypothetical case of a struggling professional golfer, Lisa "The Cheetah" Irons. Through this case study, readers learn how each theory assists the sport psychologist in interpreting Lisa's thoughts, emotions, and actions and how to create a plan of action for performance enhancement.
This book is for mental health clinicians, sports medicine specialists, and others involved in sports. Several doctors and psychologists have contributed essays which together provide a framework for understanding the psychological challenges of being an athlete, from little league to the Olympics, such as family issues, drug abuse, mental disorders, and performance issues. The book begins by evaluating the biopsychosocial development of an athlete, such as the mind-body relationship in training. Articles follow that discuss the common clinical issues faced by athletes, as well as the therapies that seem to work best for them. This book is for mental health clinicians, sports medicine specialists, and others involved in sports. The editors - Begel, in Milwaukee, and Burton, in Chicago - have both been consulting psychiatrists to professional sports teams.
Sport Psychology From Theory to Practice
This 3rd edition text provides a framework for the application of psychological principles to the field of athletics. A good resource for teachers, students, and clinicians alike as well as anyone who is interested in the field of sport psychology.
Case Studies in Applied Sport Psychology
A book of case studies that provide an excellent flavor of the mental side of sports for all you "armchair" athletes and sport psychologists to savor.
Working It Out: Using Exercise in Psychotherapy
Author is president-elect of APA's Division of Exercise and Sport Psychology. Reviews the benefits of exercise, provides empirical support for using it as a therapeutic tool, and describes ways to apply it to a wide variety of populations. Includes case examples, quotes, and support from research and clinical studies. For practitioners.
Advances in Motivation in Sport and Exercise
Motivating People to Be Physically Active
This book is a comprehensive reference describing proven methods for helping people change from inactive to active living. The behavior change methods are useful not only for healthy adults but also for individuals with chronic physical and psychological conditions. Bess Marcus and LeighAnn Forsyth describe intervention programs for individuals and groups in workplace and community settings. You will learn how to:
In addition to exercises and various reproducible log pages and worksheets, this book has eight sample reproducible questionnaires for evaluating the effectiveness of programs. This is an essential resource for health professionals who want to improve their effectiveness as they plan, develop, implement, and evaluate physical activity programs.
Enhancing Recovery: Preventing Underperformance in Athletes
Enhancing Recovery: Preventing Underperformance in Athletes is the first book to address the multifaceted aspects and significance of recovery in maintaining high-level athletic performance. The book combines a wealth of information from medicine, physiology, periodization training, and psychology as well as studies of people's motivation, health, and lifestyles to explore all aspects of underrecovery - not just in sports, but also in everyday life. The four-part text features theoretical models that draw distinct connections between overtraining and underrecovery, applied strategies for preventing underrecovery, case studies that provide practical examples and illustrate the importance of integrating recovery into daily training routines, and full descriptions of how underrecovery affects athletic performance as well as everyday work and overall health. The book is a critical resource for anyone researching or practicing in the exercise science field.
Awareness of the importance of exercise and physical activity to long-term health has never been greater. Despite this awareness, physical activity remains below recommended levels in developed countries around the world. Exercise Psychology provides an in-depth examination of the psychological antecedents and consequences of physical activity relationships, helping the reader to understand the mental health benefits of exercise as well as the thought processes behind the decision to exercise or not to exercise. The book is divided into three basic parts: introduction and basic concepts, exercise and mental health, psychology of physical activity behavior. Exercise Psychology fills the void left by sport psychology textbooks. It is the most up-to-date and complete textbook available on exercise psychology, and it is perfect for any sport and exercise psychology course.
Resistance to Exercise: A Social Analysis of Inactivity
Resistance to Exercise: A Social Analysis of Inactivity is an in-depth exploration of the social forces that perpetuate a sedentary lifestyle. Author Mary McElroy provides an insightful analysis of the social problems associated with physical inactivity and recommends solutions for re-engineering environmental and social institutions to increase physical activity. The book broadens and expands current notions about individual responsibility for lifestyle changes. This book will help health and fitness program administrators to better understand the social forces that influence people's resistance to participation in activity programs. In addition, it will motivate physical activity professionals to continue their promotion of physical activity as a major health benefit.
Foundations of Exercise Psychology
Foundations of Exercise Psychology presents a summary of the information to date on the psychology of exercise and offers lucid suggestions for practice and future research. The contents of the book go well beyond past texts in the field and include some innovative and thought provoking chapters on little discussed topics in exercise psychology such as the meaning of exercise and the psychological and physical dangers when exercise goes awry. The range of populations examined includes women, children, dependent and habitual exercisers, and participants throughout the life span.
Directory of Graduate Programs in Applied Sport Psychology
A guide to graduate schools that offer training in this specialized field.
Athlete's Guide to Career Planning
The Athlete's Guide to Career Planning is a straight forward guide that shows how to develop a "game plan" for life. High school, college, and elite athletes will find helpful tips for balancing school, work, and the demands of sport participation. Coaches and counselors will find valuable career and life skills information to share with their athletes.
The Athlete's Guide to Career Planning also features case studies of athletes that help readers understand important issues about athletic life and transitions.
This book is a comprehensive introduction to the art and science of coaching. Readers will find valuable information on developing a positive coaching philosophy, applying the principles of sport psychology and sport physiology to coaching, teaching sports skills properly, and using sports management skills effectively. Audio Edition also available
Coaches Guide to Sport Psychology
Just as its title suggests, this book is a useful introductory text for all coaches who have an interest in sport psychology. An introduction on Psychological Perspectives serves to introduce coaches to the world of psychology. This section is then followed by sections on psychological skills for coaches and athletes as well.
Psychology for Physical Educators
Psychology for Physical Educators strikes a splendid balance among theory, research findings and action ideas. It's also a pleasure to read. The book includes relevant examples, frequent summaries, activity exercises and study questions. Key points are listed at the end of each chapter. And the text is amply illustrated with photos and cartoons to help make reading easy and enjoyable. Forty sport psychology and physical education experts from eleven countries present an overview of the current state of knowledge in the field of psychology as applied to physical education. In addition to the traditional focus on motor and physical development, the book addresses more recent curriculum goals of health and fitness and the development of positive self-perceptions and social skills.
Winning the Mental Way: A Practical Guide to Team Building and Mental Training
Whether you are a recreational athlete, little league coach, high school player, professional coach or top executive, Winning the Mental Way provides the tools necessary to help you achieve peak performance on a more consistent basis. No matter what your endeavors are, the goal is the same - peak performance. This practical guide will help you first develop a sound working team; and second, give you the skills to keep your team on its road to success.
Exploring Sport and Exercise Psychology
A guide to the therapeutic and professional specialization of sport psychology, both working with athletes and promoting exercise in the general population. The 37 contributors offer advice and experience in performance enhancement with imagery training and hypnosis, the clinical applications of exercise therapy for mental health, assessment strategies, the various techniques of working with youth and college students as well as professional athletes, and the professional issues involved in specialized education, certification, and establishment of a clinical practice.
Foundations of Sport & Exercise Psychology
In the newly revised and updated edition, students and professionals will find a comprehensive array of information that bridges the gap between research and practice and captures the excitement of the world of sport and exercise. The authors combine contemporary practical examples, case studies, and anecdotes to help readers better understand different theories, concepts, and research. In-depth questions at the end of each chapter guide readers from research to practice and enable readers to think critically. The following are new features of this third edition:
This 4th edition text covers a variety of topics that will be of interest to educators and students of sport and exercise psychology. Excellent organization helps clarify the material for newcomers to the field.
Sport Psychology: An Introduction
The second edition of this unique sports psychology text has been revised and expanded to cover even more topics, including steroid abuse in sport and fitness, women athletes as portrayed by the media, psychological testing, fitness, exercise adherence, homophobia in sports, and eating disorders among athletes. This objective and scientific text discusses the theory, research, and application of psychology as it relates to sport and fitness. In order to familiarize the reader with the more applied aspects of the field, other topics such as licensure, credentialing, and the image sport psychology has among athletes and coaches, are also included.
Advances in Sport Psychology-2nd Edition
The second edition of the popular Advances in Sport Psychology provides the most comprehensive and up-to-date review of the major trends in sport psychology. The new edition emphasizes future research directions, giving readers, students, and researchers alike an early look at the questions to be tackled in coming years. The updated text reviews personality, motivation, anxiety and performance, and goal setting in sports. It is divided into four parts:
Returning and new readers will find the most significant current topics in sport psychology research compiled in one place, allowing them to see what the field has and has not accomplished. The new edition is a must-have reference for professionals in the field, and it makes an ideal text for graduate-level sport psychology courses.
Telling Tales in Sport and Physical Activity: A Qualitative Journey
This is the first book to challenge and displace the tried-and-true and often atrociously dull writing styles employed by qualitative researchers of sport and physical activity. Using traditional and contemporary writing styles as examples, the author provides readers with innovative examples of how, when, and why to use new writing practices to make research more readable and understandable. The text features:
Scholars in the field will be encouraged to experiment with how they represent their findings as part of an emerging research community that is spoken, written, performed, and experienced from many sites. Telling Tales in Sport and Physical Activity: A Qualitative Journey is an essential resource for social scientists performing qualitative research and a perfect supplemental text for graduate-level students who are beginning their research journey.
Medical and Psychological Aspects of Sport and Exercise
In Medical and Psychological Aspects of Sport and Exercise, Boston University professors David L. Mostofsky and Leonard D. Zaichkowsky have assembled the best theorists and clinicians in the field to explore various ways that sport and exercise have been recognized as valuable therapeutic elements in treatment and rehabilitative settings. Chronic disorders, in particular, have shown themselves responsive to well designed programs of sport and exercise; a development of critical concern to our increasing aging population. Medical and Psychological Aspects of Sport and Exercise draws attention to the clinically significant interactions between psychological and physiological systems, and the role of sport and exercise in dealing with cardiac, respiratory, and sundry nervous system, immune system, and endocrine disorders.
The Mental Athlete
Improved mental ability means improved sports performance. Athletes who excel do so not just because of their physical abilities but because of their mental awareness, preparation, and skills as well. The Mental Athlete will help improve your overall performance by providing the tools, guidance, and practical insight you need to sharpen your mental skills. This conditioning manual for the mind will help you
No matter what sport you play and at what level you play, you will find this practical, reader-friendly book useful because it not only lets you know what you need to do to improve your mental abilities, but it also shows you how to improve them. It contains exercises, tests, and worksheets that help you move through the steps of mental achievement.
The Breakout Principle
In The Breakout Principle: How to Activate the Natural Trigger That Maximizes Creativity, Athletic Performance, Productivity and Personal Well-Being, the bestselling author of The Relaxation Response delivers the ultimate self-help principle -- simple instructions to activate a powerful biological trigger that converts conflict and confusion into clarity and extraordinary performance, a state athletes refer to as "the zone." Dr. Benson and coauthor William Proctor explain the cutting-edge science behind the phenomenon in accessible language, clearly describe the four distinct phases of the Breakout, and provide simple, step-by-step instructions on how to activate the Breakout "trigger." Compelling case histories and information on how to incorporate Breakouts into daily life are woven throughout the book.
In Pursuit of Excellence - 3rd Edition
In Pursuit of Excellence shows you how to develop the positive outlook that turns "ordinary" competitors into winners... on the playing field and off. You'll learn how to focus your commitment, overcome obstacles to excellence, and achieve greater personal and professional satisfaction.
Embracing Your Potential
The drive to be #1 in a professional field or on a playing field is a powerful source of motivation for many people. Others place a higher priority on becoming a better person. Embracing Your Potential explains how to achieve excellence and balance in both the performance and personal domains of life.
Mastering Your Inner Game
Even the most physically gifted athletes struggle in competition when they lose control over their thoughts and emotions. Mastering Your Inner Game arms you with the tools to understand, manage, and maximize your mental and emotional forces - factors that often determine whether you're an all-star and or an "also-ran."
Once you have pinpointed the underlying causes of your performance blocks, Kauss teaches you how to develop individualized mental training packages that will help you perform your best no matter how difficult the challenge. Only by analyzing and then rechanneling these forces in positive ways will you truly be able to reach your full potential.
Body Mind Mastery
Physically demanding sports such as tennis and basketball have a lot in common with skills such as playing the piano. In addition to physical training, mastering these activities requires developing mental and emotional talents as well. Drawing on his own experiences, Dan Millman, in this revised and updated edition of The Inner Athlete, offers a regimen to integrate physical training with psychological growth. He examines the motivations for athletic excellence and offers a transformative guide to success that is as applicable in everyday life as it is in sports.
Sports Slump Busting:
Sports are full of ups and downs. But the best athletes and teams bounce back quickly after poor performances and avoid ruts. In Sports Slump Busting, Alan Goldberg presents the proven slump-busting model he's applied successfully in his work with hundreds of athletes, teams, and coaches across a wide variety of sports, ages and competition levels.
Harness the power of your own mind! Hypnosis is now a mainstream, modern training technique used by top professionals; it's not the submissive state that has been portrayed in movies and misunderstood by the public. First, Sport Hypnosis presents an overview of mental training and hypnosis. Next, the book provides specific information on how you can use hypnosis to enhance a variety of mental skills. These skills include relaxation, imagery, goal setting, concentration, easing pain, and increasing inner strength. Finally, because athletes rarely focus on one skill at a time, Sport Hypnosis describes in detail how coaches and athletes can apply and combine different hypnotic techniques. Five case studies explain how athletes improved several aspects of their performance through hypnosis. You'll read how hypnosis helped a soccer player eliminate a long-standing, debilitating hamstring pain and how a basketball player achieved a higher free-throw percentage. The author presents the hypnosis techniques that he has applied effectively with athletes in many different sports. You can adopt these techniques readily to your own training and competitions. If you're looking for a way to improve the mental side of your performance equation, Sport Hypnosis just may be the edge you need to become a champion.
Words have been used to describe it: intensity, burning desire, mental toughness, warrior attitude. "It" is the special inner drive that allows an athlete to thrive in competition. At times it manifests itself in anger, at other times as a great burst of energy or power, and sometimes even as an almost surreal experience commonly called "the zone."
This highly readable and thought-provoking book examines this special inner drive and the great athletes who have harnessed, mastered, and unleashed it to maximize their potential. Competitive Fire not only uncovers the mental and emotional essence of sports champions, it also offers valuable insights for aspiring athletes who want to achieve that powerful, winning mindset. Clarkson asserts that there are two common psychological and emotional characteristics of world-class athletes: their need to defend their egos and their controlled anger. He documents many cases in which the channeling of "negative" emotions spurred athletes on to great performances in every arena of sports competition. He also presents several case studies featuring stars like Michael Jordan and Jack Nicklaus that serve to highlight and confirm key points.
Flow In Sports
Some call it a natural "high." Others refer to it as being "in a zone." Whatever it's called, flow is an elusive and very sought-after psychological state that athletes, coaches, and sport psychologists have tried to understand, harness, and employ to their benefit since Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi first coined the term back in the early 1970s.
How to apply the elite psychological expertise used by the pros to improve your game no matter your age or level of skill. Brief Description: It's no secret that professional tennis players have come to rely on sports psychologists to improve their games, particularly in situations of high-stress, grand slam tournament pressure. But this book shows all the rest of us hackers -- men, women, kids, teens, elders, recreational and competitive alike -- the practical tips and latest scientific studies in the area of sports psychology as applied to playing your best possible game of tennis. Among the many topics included will be motivation, focus, goal setting, imagery training, "flow", stress control, confidence, performance enhancement and other skills; plus specific tennis issues like singles and doubles competitive pressure, positive versus negative instruction, self-talk and confronting fear, tennis injuries, quickness, anger, close calls, etc.
If you are looking for a training system that prepares tennis players for the pressures of competitive match play, look no further than Pressure Tennis. This instructional book shows you how to raise the level of intensity of your practices, increasing their effectiveness and mentally toughening up your players.
Focused for Golf
Playing good golf requires more than physical skills- it demands positive and strategic thinking. PGA golfer Chip Beck knows better than most the mental challenges of the game. As a former Ryder Cup player and one of the few players ever to shoot a 59 in a tour event (as he did in the 1991 Las Vegas Invitational) Beck has experienced what it's like to be completely in the groove and confident. On the flip-side, Beck also knows the psychological fallout of failing to make the cut several weeks in a row.
Training From the Neck Up:
This book assists horse riders of all disciplines with developing mental training skills to improve learning and performance. It is divided into two sections, the first offers instruction in basic psychological skills such as focus control, managing show ring jitters and visualization. The second section deals with special issues in training and competition. An essential and easy to read guide for mental training, complete with illustrations and a means to track your progress.