Applied Sport Psychology: Personal Growth to Peak Performance

Applied Sport Psychology was written to introduce readers to psychological theories and techniques that can be used to enhance performance and personal growth of sport participants from youth to elite levels. The four-part organization covers learning, motivation, and social interaction; mental training for performance enhancement; implementing training programs; and enhancing health and well-being. This edition reflects the latest research, practice, and anecdotal examples in applied sport psychology. Applied Sport Psychology is particularly well suited as a text for classes in applied sport psychology and psychology of coaching. The book is also a valuable reference for practicing coaches, sport psychologists, and psychologists.

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1 Sport Psychology: Past, Present, Future

Jean M. Williams, University of Arizona, Emeritus; Vikki Krane, Bowling Green State University


2 Motor Skill Learning for Effective Coaching and Performance

Cheryl A. Coker, New Mexico State University

3 A Positive Approach to Coaching Effectiveness and Performance Enhancement

Ronald E. Smith, University of Washington

4 The Motivational Climate, Athlete Motivation, and Implications for the Quality of Sport Engagement

Joan L. Duda, The University of Birmingham; Darren C. Treasure, Competitive Advantage International

5 The Self-Fulfilling Prophecy Theory: When Coaches Expectations Become Reality

Thelma Sternberg Horn, Miami University; Curt L. Lox, Southern Illinois University; Francisco Labrador, Wittenberg University

6 Leadership in Sport: The Critical Importance of Coach and Athlete Leadership

Julia D. Sterrett, Lehigh University; Jeff Janssen, Janssen Sports Leadership Center

7 The Sport Team as an Effective Group

Mark A. Eys, Wilfrid Laurier University; Shauna M. Burke, Western University; Paul W. Dennis, York University; Blair Evans, Wilfrid Laurier University

8 Communicating Effectively

David P. Yukelson, The Pennsylvania State University


9 Psychological Characteristics of Peak Performance

Vikki Krane, Bowling Green State University; Jean M.
Williams, University of Arizona, Emeritus

10 Increasing Awareness for Sport Performance

Kenneth Ravizza, California State University at Fullerton;
Angela Fifer, United States Military Academy

11 Goal Setting for Peak Performance

Daniel Gould, Michigan State University

12 Understanding and Managing Stress in Sport

Sheldon Hanton, Cardiff Metropolitan University, UK;
Stephen Mellalieu, Swansea University, UK; Jean M.
Williams, University of Arizona, Emeritus

13 Seeing Is Believing: Understanding and Using Imagery in Sport

Robin S. Vealey, Miami University; Samuel T. Forlenza, Michigan State University

14 Cognitive Techniques for Building Confidence and Enhancing Performance

Jean M. Williams, University of Arizona, Emeritus; Nate Zinsser, United States Military Academy; Linda Bunker, University of Virginia, Emeritus

15 Concentration and Strategies for Controlling It

Jean M. Williams, University of Arizona, Emeritus; Robert M. Nideffer, Enhanced Performance Systems; Vietta E. Wilson, York University, Emeritus; Marc-Simon Sagal, The Winning Mind


16 Integrating and Implementing a Psychological Skills Training Program

Robert S. Weinberg, Miami University; Jean M. Williams, University of Arizona, Emeritus

17 Conducting Psychologically Oriented Coach-Training Programs: A Social - Cognitive Approach

Frank L. Smoll, University of Washington; Ronald E. Smith, University of Washington

18 Gender and Cultural Considerations

Diane L. Gill, University of North Carolina at Greensboro; Cindra S. Kamphoff, Minnesota State University, Mankato


19 When to Refer Athletes for Counseling or Psychotherapy

David Tod, Aberystwyth University; Mark B. Andersen, Victoria University

20 Drug Abuse in Sport: Causes and Cures

Mark H. Anshel, Middle Tennessee State University

21 Athlete Burnout: An Individual and Organizational Phenomenon

J.D. DeFreese, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Thomas Raedeke, East Carolina University; Alan Smith, Michigan State University

22 Injury Risk and Rehabilitation: Psychological Considerations

Jean M. Williams, University of Arizona, Emeritus; Carrie B. Scherzer, Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta

23 Career Transition among Athletes: Is There Life after Sports?

David Lavallee, University of Stirling, UK; Sunghee Park, Kookmin University, South Korea; Jim Taylor, San Francisco

24 Exercise Psychology

Rod K. Dishman, The University of Georgia; Heather O. Chambliss, University of Memphis