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See below for a selection of the latest books from Sports psychology category. Presented with a red border are the Sports psychology books that have been lovingly read and reviewed by the experts at Lovereading. With expert reading recommendations made by people with a passion for books and some unique features Lovereading will help you find great Sports psychology books and those from many more genres to read that will keep you inspired and entertained. And it's all free!

Bullying in Youth Sports Training New perspectives and practical strategies

Bullying in Youth Sports Training New perspectives and practical strategies

Based on an extensive national research project with global relevance, this pioneering volume draws on unique data on bullying in youth sports training collected from both athletes and coaches using a variety of methodological approaches. Nery, Neto, Rosado and Smith use this research to establish a baseline of the prevalence of bullying among young male athletes, offering evidence-based strategies for prevention and providing a solid theoretical basis for the development of anti-bullying intervention programs. Bullying in Youth Sports Training explores how often bullying occurs, how long it lasts, where and when bullying takes place, the coping strategies used by victims, and the individual roles of victims, bystanders and bullies. It provides new insights into theories of youth sport bullying and highlights the particular characteristics specific to bullying in sport. The backgrounds of bullies and victims are also explored, as well as the consequences and practical implications of sustained bullying. The book provides both theoretical and practical approaches to bullying in youth sport training, providing anti-bullying guidelines based on the results of the research. The book is essential reading for scholars and students in child development and sport sciences as well as sports coaches and professionals in mental health, education and social work.

Bullying in Youth Sports Training New perspectives and practical strategies

Bullying in Youth Sports Training New perspectives and practical strategies

Author: Miguel Nery, Carlos Neto, Antonio Rosado, Peter K. (Goldsmiths University of London, UK) Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/03/2020

Based on an extensive national research project with global relevance, this pioneering volume draws on unique data on bullying in youth sports training collected from both athletes and coaches using a variety of methodological approaches. Nery, Neto, Rosado and Smith use this research to establish a baseline of the prevalence of bullying among young male athletes, offering evidence-based strategies for prevention and providing a solid theoretical basis for the development of anti-bullying intervention programs. Bullying in Youth Sports Training explores how often bullying occurs, how long it lasts, where and when bullying takes place, the coping strategies used by victims, and the individual roles of victims, bystanders and bullies. It provides new insights into theories of youth sport bullying and highlights the particular characteristics specific to bullying in sport. The backgrounds of bullies and victims are also explored, as well as the consequences and practical implications of sustained bullying. The book provides both theoretical and practical approaches to bullying in youth sport training, providing anti-bullying guidelines based on the results of the research. The book is essential reading for scholars and students in child development and sport sciences as well as sports coaches and professionals in mental health, education and social work.

Bring Your A Game A Young Athlete's Guide to Mental Toughness

Bring Your A Game A Young Athlete's Guide to Mental Toughness

Author: Jennifer L. Etnier Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/12/2019

This book shows how kids can train their brains for success in any sport. Mental training is just as important as physical training when it comes to success in sport. And like physical fitness, mental toughness is something that can be taught and learned. Yet many young athletes have not learned the psychological skills needed to develop their best game. This book was written specifically for young athletes interested in improving their performance and reaching their potential in sport. Bring Your 'A' Game introduces key strategies for mental training, such as goal setting, pre-performance routines, confidence building, and imagery. Each of the seventeen chapters focuses on a single mental skill and offers key points and exercises designed to reinforce the concepts. The book encourages athletes to incorporate these mental skills into their daily lives and practice sessions so that they become second nature during competition. Whether used at home by student athletes or assigned by coaches as part of team development, Bring Your 'A' Game will help young performers develop a plan for success and learn to deal with the challenges of pursuing excellence in sport.

Assessment in Sport Psychology

Assessment in Sport Psychology

Author: Robert M. Nideffer, Marc-Simon Sagal Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/12/2019

Will the athlete you're working with put it all together when everything is on the line? What can you do to make sure an athlete performs best when it really counts? Are certain conditions more likely to lead to success (or failure) for her? Will he be able and willing to make the changes required to be more successful? In today's highly competitive environment the answers to these questions often spell the difference between success and failure not only for individuals but also for entire teams and organisations. At the upper levels of performance in situations where competing individuals and teams have all the technical skill and tactical knowledge required to be successful psychological factors become the most important determinants of outcome. The ability to control emotions to communicate effectively and to perform under pressure is what separates winners from losers. Sport psychologists are beginning to uncover the links between thought processes and physiology; as a result today's testing tools have much greater utility and relevance than ever before. Today more than ever before sport psychology professionals must have the skills necessary to bridge the worlds of science and application.

Athlete Burnout Questionnaire Manual

Athlete Burnout Questionnaire Manual

Author: Thomas D. Raedeke, Alan L. Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/12/2019

This test manual, the fourth in FIT's Sport and Exercise Psychology Test Clearinghouse, is a succinct and informative resource outlining the conceptual basis of the athlete burnout syndrome and its measurement. The manual delineates the process used in developing the ABQ and provides users with information on the meaning of scores derived from its use. Aspects related to the ABQ are presented in a comprehensive manner: Athlete Burnout Questionnaire (ABQ), along with the guidelines for administering and scoring it; Conceptual underpinnings of the ABQ, including an overview of the burnout construct and the operational definition used to guide item development, as well as a description of how the preliminary item pool was developed; Review of research using a within-network approach to examining the internal structure of the burnout construct based on the ABQ; plus a description of both internal consistency and stability of ABQ scores; Discussion of a between-network approach to construct validation by examining the relationship of ABQ scores to theoretically relevant variables stemming from stress, sociological, and motivational perspectives on burnout; Basic descriptive statistical information that can help users interpret the meaning of scores derived from the ABQ.

Directory of Psychological Tests in the Sport & Exercises Sciences, 2nd Edition

Directory of Psychological Tests in the Sport & Exercises Sciences, 2nd Edition

Author: Andrew C. Ostrow Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/12/2019

This book summarises information on over 300 psychological scales questionnaires and inventories specific to sport and exercise settings. This second edition features test summaries addressing exercise motivation, sport motivation, aggression, cognitive strategies, leadership cohesion and anxiety. The book: contains information gathered on 141 additional tests not previously cited; Contributions made by 510 test authors; Twenty chapters organised by psychological construct; Summaries of 314 tests compiled with sections on purpose description construction reliability validity norms availability and references; Reference lists expanded from earlier editions.

Sport Imagery Questionnaire Test Manual

Sport Imagery Questionnaire Test Manual

Author: Craig R. Hall, Diane E. Stevens, Allan Paivio Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/12/2019

Imagery, in today's world of sport psychology, is as vital and fundamental a part of an athlete's mental game plan as the physical training required for conditioning. With a widespread embrace of such a philosophy comes new ways to analyse and measure its performance among athletes. In 'The Sport Imagery Questionnaire: Test Manual' the authors assess athletes' use of imagery by proposing and outlining a specifically designed evaluation of its effectiveness, the Sport Imagery Questionnaire (SIQ). The Manual is designed for sport psychologists, coaches, athletes, or anyone who seeks to understand or quantify the use of mental imagery in sport. Features: A 4-page reproduction of the Sport Imagery Questionnaire in an easy-to-photocopy format, complete with instructions and specific rating chart; A 'Scoring the SIQ' section to calculate imagery performance; A brief overview of the SIQ clearly and explicitly outlining its purpose and function; 3 comprehensive chapters dedicated to understanding imagery, explaining the methods involved in both developing and successfully utilising the SIQ, and the psychometric properties and normative data of the questionnaire itself.

Handbook of Research in Applied Sport & Exercise Psychology International Perspectives

Handbook of Research in Applied Sport & Exercise Psychology International Perspectives

Author: Dieter Hackfort, Joan L. Duda, Ronnie Lidor Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/12/2019

The explosion in sport and exercise psychology-related research over the last two decades has made it necessary to continuously reflect on the state of the art. This Handbook does just that, presenting diverse applied issues and different areas of applied research in sport psychology. Edited and authored by practitioners and scientists of considerable professional experience from Asia, Australia, Europe, and North America, the Handbook of Research in Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology represents science-related practice perspectives from different continents and cultures. The 26 chapters provide an excellent framework for knowledge-founded practices of psychological services to targeted samples within the sport and exercise domains.

Exploring Sport and Exercise Psychology

Exploring Sport and Exercise Psychology

Author: Judy L. Van Raalte Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/12/2019

This volume is intended for psychologists, kinesiologists, physical education specialists and students interested in exploring opportunities in sport and exercise psychology. It provides an overview of applications, interventions and practice issues in the field. Popular interventions for peak performance (including imagery training, intensity regulation, modeling and goal setting) are featured, along with population-specific advice (includes college and elite athletes), strategies for enhancing physical and psychological well-being, specialization education and training and tips on how to get started in the field. Leaders in the field have been brought together to comment on their specific areas of expertise.

Exploring Sport and Exercise Psychology

Exploring Sport and Exercise Psychology

Author: Judy L. Van Raalte Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/12/2019

The growing field of sport and exercise psychology offers an abundance of opportunities for clinical practice. For instance, a sport and exercise psychologist might work with elite or professional athletes, use exercise therapeutically with clients, conduct workshops for parents and youth sport coaches, or implement a community-based physical activity intervention. This volume provides a comprehensive overview of the field of sport and exercise psychology. Several chapters review common performance enhancement interventions, including goal setting, imagery, cognitive strategies, intensity regulation, and modelling. Additional chapters review interventions for health and well-being. Recommendations are provided for assessing, treating, and referring clients with psychopathology, and considerations pertaining to special populations are also detailed, including work with youth sport participants, college student-athletes, elite athletes, and culturally diverse groups. The book concludes with a discussion of professional issues in sport and exercise psychology, including education, certification, how to integrate this specialty into existing clinical practice, and the unique ethical challenges of working in this area. With its comprehensive scope and emphasis on both research and application, this book is a rich resource for both practitioners and students interested in learning more about applying psychology in sport and exercise settings.

Mindful Sport Performance Enhancement Mental Training for Athletes and Coaches

Mindful Sport Performance Enhancement Mental Training for Athletes and Coaches

Author: Keith A. Kaufman, Carol R. Glass, Timothy R. Pineau Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/12/2019

This book serves as a comprehensive resource on the history, theory, and practice of mindfulness in sport, from amateur to professional, from the ancient Greeks to the present day. All athletes know that peak performance requires more than mere physical exertion. There is a psychological component as well, that can be expressed in attributes such as focus, sustained attention, emotion regulation, and drive. For many years, the mental side of athletic performance was ignored by coaches and trainers. Thankfully today, this is starting to change. Rooted in the traditions of mindfulness-based stress reduction and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, the authors present mindful sport performance enhancement (MSPE), an empirically supported, six-session program that can be adapted for specific athletic populations. Each MSPE session includes educational, experiential, and discussion components, as well as instructions for home practice. Special emphasis is placed on incorporating mindfulness into workouts, and practices and competitions, as well as everyday life. Includes handy scripts for mindfulness teachers, athletes, and coaches, and handouts summarizing each session that are also available for download on the APA website.

Coaching Athletes to Be Their Best Motivational Interviewing in Sports

Coaching Athletes to Be Their Best Motivational Interviewing in Sports

The measure of a great coach is bringing the best out of athletes. This is the first guide to motivational interviewing (MI)--the proven approach to harnessing the power of conversations to build relationships and trust--for coaches, sport psychologists, training and rehabilitation specialists, and other affiliated staff. Revealing why conventional ways of giving feedback and addressing conflict are often counterproductive, the book presents tried-and-tested methods for getting through to athletes and helping them to thrive. Leading sport psychologists and MI experts--including MI cofounder Stephen Rollnick--provide effective strategies to fire up motivation, promote ownership of personal goals, address problem behavior on and off the field, enhance performance, and improve teamwork. Included are step-by-step examples and inspiring stories from coaches at all levels. Purchasers get access to a Web page where they can download and print the book's reproducible quick-reference sheets on key MI skills. This book is in the Applications of Motivational Interviewing series, edited by Stephen Rollnick, William R. Miller, and Theresa B. Moyers.