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Applied Sport Psychology: A Case-Based Approach

ISBN: 978-0-470-72573-3
254 pages
August 2009
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Taking a refreshingly different approach to the subject, this new textbook uses original case studies of psychological support work with individual athletes and groups to illustrate the underlying theory and inform the reader of cutting edge practice in the field. It addresses ‘real world’ issues and helps the student understand the problems and challenges that the sport psychologist faces and is employed to resolve.

The book begins by exploring the use of case studies as a professional method for disseminating applied knowledge and practice in sport psychology. The remaining chapters constitute the core of the book: the case studies themselves. Each case study demonstrates scientific rigour in reporting the background information, initial assessment, intervention and monitoring, evaluation of the intervention, and also considers consultant effectiveness through reflective practice. The chapters also contain summaries and an accompanying set of questions for students.

Written by a team of experienced practitioners this book shows how sport psychology actually works in practice. As such it will prove invaluable to students of sport psychology in both sport and exercise science and psychology programmes. It will also be an extremely useful resource for coaches and sports professionals undergoing training in sport psychology.

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Series Preface xiii

Preface xv

Authors' Biographies xvii

Acknowledgements xxi

1 Introduction 1
Brian Hemmings and Tim Holder

1.1 The cognitive–behavioural approach 1

1.2 Types of assessments and interventions 2

1.3 Techniques and skills 2

1.4 Reflective practice 3

References 4

SECTION A Working with Individuals 5

2 Enhancing Self-Efficacy in Professional Tennis: Intensive Work for Life on the Tour
Chris Harwood

2.1 Introduction/background information 7

2.2 Initial needs assessment 9

2.3 From identified needs into intervention objectives 14

2.4 Interventions and monitoring 15

2.5 Evaluation of interventions 25

2.6 Evaluation of consultant effectiveness/reflective practice 27

2.7 Summary 29

Questions for students 30

References 31

3 Managing Distractions in Test Cricket 33
Brian Hemmings

3.1 Introduction/background information 33

3.2 Initial needs assessment 34

3.3 Interventions and monitoring 36

3.4 Evaluation of interventions 42

3.5 Evaluation of consultant effectiveness/reflective practice 44

3.6 Summary 47

Questions for students 48

References 48

4 Consultancy in the Ring: Psychological Support to a World Champion Professional Boxer 51
Andrew M. Lane

4.1 Introduction/background information 51

4.2 Initial needs assessment 52

4.3 Intervention and monitoring 54

4.4 Evaluation of intervention 58

4.5 Evaluation of consultant effectiveness/refelective practice 59

4.6 Summary 62

Questions for students 63

References 63

5 Creating Positive Performance Beliefs: The Case of a Tenpin Bowler 65
Caroline Marlow

5.1 Introduction/background information 65

5.2 Initial needs assessment 66

5.3 Interventions and monitoring 69

5.4 Evaluation of intervention 80

5.5 Evaluation of consultant effectiveness/reflective practice 82

5.6 Summary 85

Questions for students 85

References 86

6 Enhancing Confidence in a Youth Golfer 89
Iain Greenlees

6.1 Introduction/background information 89

6.2 Initial needs assessment 90

6.3 Interventions and monitoring 95

6.4 Evaluation of interventions 101

6.5 Evaluation of consultant effectiveness/reflective practice 102

6.6 Summary 104

Questions for students 105

References 105

SECTION B Working with Teams and Squads 109

7 Delivering Sport Psychology to Olympic Rowers: Beyond Psychological Skills Training 111
Chris Shambrook

7.1 Introduction/background information 111

7.2 Initial needs assessment 113

7.3 Interventions and monitoring 115

7.4 Evaluation of interventions 128

7.5 Evaluation of consultant effectiveness/reflective practice 130

7.6 Summary 135

Questions for students 136

References 137

8 Delivering Educational Workshops for Age-Group Rugby League Players: Experiences of a Trainee Sport Psychologist 139
Jenny Page

8.1 Introduction/background information 139

8.2 Initial needs assessment – season one 140

8.3 Intervention and monitoring – season one 141

8.4 Evaluation of intervention – season one 143

8.5 Needs assessment – season two 147

8.6 Intervention and monitoring – season two 149

8.7 Evaluation of intervention – season two 152

8.8 Summary 156

Questions for students 156

References 157

9 Team Goal Setting in Professional Football 161
Richard Thelwell

9.1 Introduction/background information 161

9.2 Initial needs assessment 162

9.3 Interventions and monitoring 166

9.4 Evaluation of intervention 173

9.5 Evaluation of consultant effectiveness/reflective practice 175

9.6 Summary 177

Questions for students 177

References 178

SECTION C Working with Support Staff 181

10 Role Development and Delivery of Sport Psychology at the Paralympic Games 183
Jonathan Katz

10.1 Introduction/background information 183

10.2 Assessing the requirements/needs of the HQ role 186

10.3 Interventions and monitoring 190

10.4 Evaluation of interventions/role 193

10.5 Evaluation of consultant effectiveness/reflective practice 195

10.6 Epilogue 198

10.7 Summary 199

Questions for students 199

References 200

11 An Integrated Multi-disciplinary Support Service for an Injured Rubgy Union Lock 203
Sarah Cecil, Raphael Brandon and James Moore

11.1 Introduction/background information 203

11.2 Initial needs assessment 204

11.3 Interventions and monitoring 207

11.4 Evaluation of intervention 213

11.5 Evaluation of consultant effectiveness/reflective practice 215

11.6 Summary 219

Questions for students 220

References 220

12 Developing Coach Education Materials in Table Tennis – Applying a Cyclical Model of Performance 223
Tim Holder

12.1 Introduction/background information 223

12.2 Initial needs assessment 227

12.3 Intervention and monitoring 229

12.4 Evaluation of intervention 233

12.5 Evaluation of consultant effectiveness/reflective practice 234

12.6 Summary 235

Questions for students 236

References 236

Index 239

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  • Uses original case studies to demonstrate the application of sport psychology across a variety of sports.
  • Shows’ real world’ integration of different areas of theory and practice for performance enhancement.
  • Each case study will demonstrate scientific and intellectual rigour, an evidence-based approach and reflective practice.
  • Provides summaries and questions at the end of each chapter.
  • Written by a team of well-known, experienced contributors. 
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"Overall, the text is a sensibly organized, well referenced and scholarly volume. It blends solid theoretical underpinnings with the applied practice of psychologists with athletes, teams, and organizations." (American Psychological Association, Summer 2010)

"A very welcome addition to sport psychology library.... Great insights into the practical challenges and quandaries sport psychologists are faced with. Its user friendly layout, practical nature, and detailed real-life experiences of working with athletes in the applied field makes it an enjoyable read not only for students, academics, and trainee sport psychologist, but also for range of sport professionals." (The Sports Psychologist, December 2009)
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