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  • Sports Psychology Basics

    Long-time youth sports coach Andrew Caruso has compiled reams of comprehensive research into one well-organised and readable book. 

    He addresses all the main points of this growing field, including 

    • Goal Setting,
    • Assessment,
    • Visualisation/Imagery,
    • Simulation,
    • Focus,
    • Cue Words,
    • Flow,
    • Motivation,
    • Arousal and Positive Affirmations. 

    This title includes several outstanding exercises for coaches and players of all ages.

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  • Coaching Mental Excellence

    Coaching Mental Excellence: It Does Matter Whether You Win or Lose

    A highly readable survey of the major responsibilities, opportunities and challenges involved in coaching today's athlete.

    It emphasizes the mental techniques known through the latest research in sport psychology to enhance performance and enjoyment in sports.

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  • Embracing Your Potential

    The drive to be #1 in a professional field or on a playing field is a powerful source of motivation for many people. Others place a higher priority on becoming a better person. Embracing Your Potential explains how to achieve excellence and balance in both the performance and personal domains of life.

    Author Terry Orlick labels these two domains as the "Gold" and "Green" zones. The Gold Zone includes the visible, tangible achievement markers, such as career advancement, win-loss records, and financial status. The Green Zone involves relationships and intellectual, spiritual, and cultural pursuits. Orlick argues that "going for the Gold" need not-and should not-require sacrificing the growth and development of the Green, and that the two zones can be nurtured simultaneously.

    Both inspirational and practical, Embracing Your Potential shares insights and quotes from elite athletes, performers, and people in highly demanding jobs. It also features 30 exercises that can help readers make meaningful, lasting changes to boost their performance and enrich their lives.

    Embracing Your Potential applies to people from all walks of life that want to excel and yet enjoy every day in the process.

     

    Contents

    Part I: Growing in the Green Zone
    Chapter 1. Capture the Simple Joys
    Chapter 2. Relax Your Mind and Body
    Chapter 3. Connect With Others, Lift Yourself
    Chapter 4. Find Power in the Positive
    Chapter 5. Believe and Achieve
    Chapter 6. Transform Great Images to Reality
    Chapter 7. Create a Strong Mind-Body Connection

    Part II: Embracing the Gold Zone
    Chapter 8. Chart Your Course
    Chapter 9. Define Your Targets
    Chapter 10. Plan for Excellence
    Chapter 11. Get Focused and Stay Focused
    Chapter 12. Learn from Doing
    Chapter 13. Maximize Efforts Through Teamwork
    Chapter 14. Gain From Setbacks and Transitions

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  • Competitive Fire

    Words have been used to describe it: intensity, burning desire, mental toughness, warrior attitude. Athletes such as Michael Jordan, Nancy Lopez, Roger Clemens, Paula Newby-Fraser, Alan Shearer, and Steffi Graf have demonstrated it. Coaches like Bill Cowher, Pat Summitt, and Dan Gable have tried to teach and inspire it. Now award-winning writer Michael Clarkson explores and explains it in Competitive Fire.

    "It" is the special inner drive that allows an athlete to thrive in competition. At times it manifests itself in anger, at other times as a great burst of energy or power, and sometimes even as an almost surreal experience commonly called "the zone."

    This highly readable and thought-provoking book examines this special inner drive and the great athletes who have harnessed, mastered, and unleashed it to maximize their potential. Competitive Fire not only uncovers the mental and emotional essence of sports champions, it also offers valuable insights for aspiring athletes who want to achieve that powerful, winning mindset.

    Clarkson asserts that there are two common psychological and emotional characteristics of world-class athletes: their need to defend their egos and their controlled anger. He documents many cases in which the channeling of "negative" emotions spurred athletes on to great performances in every arena of sports competition.

    Throughout this engaging book, Clarkson supports his positions with research, anecdotes, and quotes. He also presents several case studies featuring stars like Michael Jordan and Jack Nicklaus that serve to highlight and confirm key points.

    Competitive Fire is a refreshing, insightful, and controversial look at one of sport’s least understood subjects. The book may be just the spark athletes need to think and perform like champions.

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  • Psychological Dynamics of Sport
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    Psychological Dynamics of Sport

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    This is a popular introductory text to the discipline of sport psychology for students with no previous background in the field. It is a comprehensive, well organized, clearly written presentation of basic sport psychology theory and research.

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  • Learning Experiences in Sport Psychology

    The only learning experience book in sport psychology is now completely updated! Learning Experiences in Sport Psychology, Second Edition covers all substantive areas of sport psychology. It presents 20 learning experiences and shows students how to ask and investigate relevant research questions.

    This widely used text has given thousands of undergraduate students their first exposure to sport psychology. The second edition retains its convenient 8 1/2- by 11-inch spiral-bound format, and provides many new research examples.

    Each learning experience follows the same format:

    • An introduction to the phenomenon
    • A list of objectives, including major points under consideration
    • The basic considerations of the phenomenon and the scholarly literature pertaining to it
    • A specific task designed to give students first-hand experience examining a particular topic
    • Discussion questions about specific data


    The book is divided into three parts. Part I, Research Methods Experiences, covers the major concepts of conducting research. Part II, Understanding Sport Psychological Phenomena, presents the major psychological processes examined in sport psychology. Part III, Applying Sport Psychological Phenomena, introduces students to psychological skills and coaching strategies used to deal with stress or optimize performance in the sport setting.

    This superb new edition promises to captivate the next generation of undergraduate students in sport psychology.

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  • Sport Psychology for Coaches

    We marvel at the steely nerves, acute concentration, and flawless execution exhibited on the 18th green, at the free-throw line, in the starting blocks, and on the balance beam. While state-of-the-art training regimens have extended athletes’ physical boundaries, more and more coaches are realizing the importance of sport psychology in taking athletic performance to new levels. Tomorrow’s record-breaking accomplishments will not be the result of athletes’ training harder physically, but of athletes’ training smarter mentally.

    Sport Psychology for Coaches provides information that coaches need to help athletes build mental toughness and achieve excellence—in sport and in life. As a coach, you’ll gain a big-picture perspective on the mental side of sport by examining how athletes act, think, and feel when they practice and compete. You’ll learn to use such mental tools as goal setting, imagery, relaxation, energization, and self-talk to help your athletes build mental training programs. You’ll also see how assisting your athletes in developing mental skills such as motivation, energy management, focus, stress management, and self-confidence leads to increased enjoyment, improved life skills, and enhanced performance. And you’ll discover how to put it all together into mental plans and mental skills training programs that allow your athletes to attain and maintain a mind-set that fosters peak performance.

    The easy-to-follow format of the text includes learning objectives that introduce each chapter, sidebars illustrating sport-specific applications of key concepts and principles, chapter summaries organized by content and sequence, key terms, chapter review questions, a comprehensive glossary, and other useful resources to help readers implement mental training programs for athletes.

    Written primarily for high school coaches, Sport Psychology for Coaches is a practical, easy-to-use resource reflecting the two authors’ combined 45 years of teaching, coaching, researching, and consulting experience. It reflects principles that are not only consistent with the latest theory and research, but have stood the test of time and worked for coaches and athletes in all sports at all levels. You’ll come away from Sport Psychology for Coaches with a greater understanding and appreciation for sport psychology and the practical knowledge you need to put it to work for you and your athletes.

    Sport Psychology for Coaches serves as the text for the American Sport Education Program Silver Level course, Sport Psychology for Coaches.

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  • Foundation of Phychology 2nd Ed.
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    Foundation of Phychology 2nd Ed.

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    A comprehensive introduction to the fundamental principles, theories and research in modern psychology.

    This textbook is written for students by an experienced psychologist, lecturer and examiner and covers the core areas of psychology:

    • cognitive;
    • individual differences and abnormal psychology;
    • physiological;
    • social;
    • developmental; and
    • comparative.

    It presents contemporary issues and classic studies in a critical framework and traces the development of ideas and methods in psychology. This is designed for all psychology students, including undergraduates, A level students and others on pre-degree courses. Nicky Hayes is the author of "A First Course in Psycholoy", and "Psychology: An Introduction" with Sue Orre.

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  • Frameworks for Sport Psychologists

    Many traditional psychology texts devote significant coverage to psychological theory. In Frameworks for Sport Psychologists, author Karen L. Hill highlights five popular theoretical models and demonstrates how they can be applied in helping athletes to improve their performance.

    Demonstrating how theoretical models work, Hill introduces the hypothetical case of a struggling professional golfer, Lisa “The Cheetah” Irons. Through this case study, readers learn how each theory assists the sport psychologist in interpreting Lisa’s thoughts, emotions, and actions and how to create a plan of action for performance enhancement.

    The text follows a progression of

    • learning about each of the five theories,
    • learning how each theory is applied to a single case,
    • applying the same theory to other cases, and
    • writing an original case.

    In addition to the ongoing case study of Lisa “The Cheetah” Irons, each chapter includes an additional case, providing the reader further opportunity to apply the theories to real process plan.

    Frameworks for Sport Psychologists offers the reader a practical look at sport psychology through its unique blend of theory and practice.

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  • Overtraining Athletes - Personal Journeys in Sport

    Overtraining Athletes - Personal Journeys in Sport

    Overtraining Athletes: Personal Journeys in Sport seeks to communicate the complex subject of overtraining to help athletes, coaches, parents, and sport science professionals understand the dangers of overtraining and take steps toward prevention. Using history and research, current experts’ perspectives, and athletes’ personal experiences, Overtraining Athletes identifies forces that push athletes to overtrain by sharing the struggles of those athletes and the sport professionals who seek to help them.

    The text employs a nonlinear structure, allowing the flexibility to sample chapters from each of its four parts based on interest and level of knowledge about the topic. By presenting the phenomenon of overtraining from a variety of perspectives and with varying degrees of technicality, the book engages a wide range of readers while presenting significant research and studies in the area. Each of the four parts of the text displays a distinct method for discovering how overtraining affects athletes, coaches, parents, and professionals.

    Part I begins with a review of research examining aspects of overtraining, including prevalence, physiological and psychological manifestations, and outcomes. It concludes by discussing risk factors that increase the probability of overtraining. In part II coaches’ and sport scientists’ views on overtraining risk factors are presented. The authors interviewed 14 experts from major sport organizations in Australia to glean their perspectives on the possible variables associated with overtraining. With the perspectives of these experts, readers may identify the characteristics, behaviors, and experiences of susceptible athletes, as well as the situations, factors, sport cultures, and people that both pressure athletes to increase their training and affect athletes’ needs for recovery.

    In part III the focus turns to the experiences of the athletes. Drawing on interviews from 13 athletes with identified histories of chronic overtraining, the authors present three aggregate case studies:

    • A professional footballer influenced by economic forces, internalized cliched slogans, tough sport cultures, and traditional abusive practices
    • A triathlete obsessed with the pursuit of the Olympic gold
    • A young gymnast-turned-cyclist pressured by abusive coaches and an overinvolved parent

    These three narratives, in addition to a description of Richardson’s own overtraining experience, create a rich, detailed account of athletes’ struggles with overtraining. Part III concludes with observations and reflections on these four overtraining narratives to further explain how readers can learn from these athletes.

    In part IV, the authors introduce a comprehensive model of overtraining risks and outcomes. This model is examined in relation to other overtraining models, thus accentuating its importance as a useful, fluid tool for identifying athletes who might be at risk as well as environments and cultures that increase vulnerability to overtraining. Part IV concludes with a discussion of future directions for research and professional practice and suggestions for further study.

    Overtraining Athletes uncovers both the personal and interpersonal struggles encountered by athletes who overtrain. Its qualitative focus, current research, and future directions encourage readers to learn about the topic and take action in the treatment and prevention of overtraining. The authors hope the book will also encourage others to tell their stories, gather new data, and continue to unravel the question of why athletes become damaged through their participation in sport.

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