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Handbook of Sports Medicine and Science, Sport Psychology

ISBN: 978-1-4051-7363-6
148 pages
January 2009, Wiley-Blackwell
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This volume in the Handbook of Sports Medicine and Science series presents a concise summary of the science and practice of psychology in the context of sport. Psychological aspects central to sport performance such as motivation, cognition, stress, confidence, and mental preparation are examined and interventions designed to enhance individual and team performance are reviewed. Reflecting the breadth of the field, issues such as sport injury prevention and rehabilitation, athlete psychopathology, child and adolescent development, sport career termination, and the practice of sport psychology are also addressed.

Published under the auspices of the Medical Commission of the International Olympic Committee, Sport Psychology shows howthe performance and the overall well-being of athletes can be improved by highlighting research findings and their practical application. With contributions from internationally renowned experts and useful case studies in each chapter, this handbook is an essential resource for medical doctors who serve athletes and sports teams and an invaluable reference for all students of sport psychology.

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Table of Contents

List of contributors, vi

Foreword, vii

Preface, viii

1 Introduction, 1
Britton W. Brewer

2 Motivation, 7
Robert S. Weinberg

3 Attention, concentration and thought management, 18
Aidan P. Moran

4 Management of competitive stress in elite sport, 30
Sheldon Hanton, Owen Thomas and Stephen D. Mellalieu

5 Confidence in sport, 43
Robin S. Vealey

6 Mental preparation for training and competition, 53
Daniel Gould, M. Ryan Flett and Eric Bean

7 Enhancing team effectiveness, 64
Albert V. Carron, Shauna M. Burke and Kim M. Shapcott

8 Injury prevention and rehabilitation, 75
Britton W. Brewer

9 Clinical issues, 87
Britton W. Brewer

10 Child and adolescent development and sport participation, 97
Diane M. Wiese-Bjornstal, Nicole M. LaVoi and Jens Omli

11 Sport career termination, 113
Albert J. Petitpas

12 Sport psychology in practice, 121
Mark B. Andersen

Index, 133

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Author Information

Britton W. Brewer, Ph.D. is professor of psychology at Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts, USA, where he served as head men's cross country coach from 1993 to 2001. He is a Certified Consultant, Association for Applied Sport Psychology, is listed in the United States Olympic Committee Sport Psychology Registry, 2004-2008, and is a Fellow of both the American Psychological Association and the Association for Applied Sport Psychology. He has been awarded a series of grants from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases in support of his research on psychological aspects of ACL rehabilitation.
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The Wiley Advantage

a coherent, user-friendly publication that does justice to the body of knowledge that has been generated regarding the application of psychology to competitive sport

organized around the primary purposes or functions to which sport psychology has been applied

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