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Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN 9780230249875
Publication Date October 2010
Formats Paperback Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series Palgrave Insights in Psychology series

Whether it's understanding how a player copes with the pressures of taking a penalty, or how a coach motivates their team, sport psychology helps us to get into the athlete's mind.

In this enlightening overview, the authors integrate biological, social and cognitive approaches to investigate the impact of behaviour, thoughts and feelings on performance and help us comprehend the psychological effects of playing sports.

Whatever your level of study, this wide-ranging introduction will give you a deeper understanding of the effect of key psychological principles on the experience and performance of sports.

DAVID TOD is Senior Lecturer of Sport and Exercise Psychology at Aberystwyth University, UK. He has also acted as a consultant for a wide variety of sports teams and athletes from club to international level.

JOANNE THATCHER is Senior Lecturer of Sport and Exercise Psychology at Aberystwyth University, UK, and was previously Chair of the British Psychological Society's Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology (2008-10).

RACHEL RAHMAN is Lecturer in Psychology at Aberystwyth University, UK.



PART ONE: INTRODUCTION TO SPORT AND EXERCISE PSYCHOLOGY 
An Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology
PART TWO: SPORT AND THE INDIVIDUAL
Personality
Motivation
Aggression
PART THREE: SPORT PERFORMANCE
Arousal
Anxiety
Self-confidence
PART FOUR: SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY OF SPORT
Group Cohesion
Audience Effects
Leadership and Coaching
PART FIVE: EXERCISE PSYCHOLOGY
Exercise and Physical Health
Exercise and Mental Health
PART SIX: ISSUES IN SPORT AND EXERCISE
Issues in Sport and Exercise



Reviews

'Up to now, few textbooks have been appropriate for students new to this field, but this book blends easy to understand content with a sophisticated overview of a wide range of sport and exercise psychology topics, making it well suited for A-Level and undergraduate students'.
- Jeremy Adams, Principal Lecturer in Sport and Performance Psychology, London Metropolitan University, UK
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