This concise, engaging text, distinguished by its skillful integration of theory and practice, addresses the key principles of sport, exercise, and performance psychology. It reflects the broadening of sports psychology studies to encompass more widespread human performance research. Emphasizing practical applications of theory, the book helps students interested in pursuing a career in sport and exercise psychology, as well as those focused on such occupations as coaching and athletic training, to recognize the applicability of sport and exercise psychology principles to their everyday lives and future careers. To avoid an overabundance of extraneous theories and research, the text takes a streamlined less is more approach by focusing on just the core theories underpinning sports psychology. Chapters address such essential concepts as individual differences, personality, motivation, stress and coping, decision-making, and burut in the context of human performance. Bringing these topics to life are companion Applying the Concepts chapters demonstrating how these principles are directly applied in real-life situations. Interviews with researchers, coaches, athletes, and other individuals from performance intensive professions vividly reinforce the book's content. Additionally, the text contains insights on theories and research findings that students can apply to their own experience. Critical thinking questions and Individual Challenge activities promote understanding and further exploration. A robust instructors package includes a guide, test bank, class activities, and PowerPoints. Key Features:* Illustrates key theories and research with practical applications* Written in a concise and easily accessible manner* Provides examples of practice applications in sports, exercise, and other areas of human performance* Includes interviews with researchers, practitioners, coaches, athletes, and other performance intensive professionals* Explains how theoretical concepts can be applied to a student's personal experience
Jamie E. Robbins, PhD, is Associate Professor, Department of Physical Education and Exercise Science, Methodist University, Fayetteville, NC. For the past 15 years she has worked with athletes, teams, and coaches of all levels of sport with the goal of enhancing their mental skills and increasing their joy in the performance process. Dr. Robbins spends the majority of her time teaching undergraduate students and engaging in research focused on a variety of topics. Her passion for the field keeps her excited to continue learning and sharing those findings with her students, athletes, coaches and teams. Leilani Madrigal, PhD, is a Postdoctoral Fellow, Athletic Performance Laboratory University of Nebraska. She has worked primarily with collegiate athletes on strengthening their mental game and coping with the demands of sport. Dr. Madrigal's research focuses primarily on mental factors associated with sport performance and injury recovery. Specifically, she is examining the role of mental toughness in sport and how it can be developed and maintained in academics, athletics, rehabilitation, and other areas of life.