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Advancements in Mental Skills Training

1st Edition

Edited by Bertollo Maurizio, Edson Filho, Peter C. Terry


272 pages | 22 B/W Illus.

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Advancements in Mental Skills Training presents contemporary evidence-based intervention approaches from leading sport psychology researchers and practitioners.

The book comprehensively examines the use of mental skills training for athletic performance and wellbeing from a cross-cultural perspective. It begins by introducing theoretical advancements related to mental toughness, cultural factors, performance optimisation and mindfulness. It goes on to examine the technological advancements related to mental skills training, outlining how mobile technologies can be used to measure and train perceptual-cognitive skills, and the effectiveness of virtual reality in mental training. The book concludes by discussing emerging topics such as how sports psychology can incorporate spirituality, minority groups in sport and the impact of prejudice, and referee career development.

This insightful text introduces the potential for sport psychology to be integrated into our daily functioning and provides strategies for athletes to optimise their performance and bolster their mental health. It will be an essential read for all Sport Psychology researchers as well as professionals working in the field.

Table of Contents


Robert Schinke

1 Advancements in Mental Skills Training: An Introduction

Peter C. Terry, Maurizio Bertollo, Edson Filho


Section 1: Theoretical Advancements

2 Optimizing Performance in Sport: An Action-based Perspective

Howie Carson, Claudio Robazza, Dave Collins, John Toner, Maurizio Bertollo

3 Mental Toughness Development and Training in Sport

Richard G. Cowden, Lee Crust, Stephanie J. Tibbert, Patricia C. Jackman


4 The Motivational Role of Feedback in Motor Learning: Evidence, Interpretations, and Implications

Suzete Chiviacowsky


5 Mindfulness and Mental Preparation

Jean Fournier


6 An Optimization Approach to Mental Health in Athletes

Brad Donohue, Yulia Gavrilova, & Marina Galante Harris


7 Team Dynamics Theory: Implications for the Development of High-Performing Teams

Edson Filho

8 Cultural Codes Provide Novel Strategies for Mental Training

Yang Ge, Liwei Zhang

Section 2: Technological Advancements

9 Social Media and Sport Psychology Practice

Stewart T. Cotterill


10 Mobile Technologies and Perceptual-Cognitive Training

Itay Basevitch, Nataniel Boiangin, & Camilo Sáenz-Moncaleano


11 Eye Tracking and Cardiovascular Measurement to Assess and Improve Sporting Performance

Emily M. Crowe, Mark R. Wilson, David J. Harris, & Samuel J. Vine


12 Biofeedback and Neurofeedback for Mental Skills Training in Sports

Ming-Yang Cheng &Tsung-Min Hung


13 Brain Stimulation Techniques and Sports Performance

Giulia Prete, Maurizio Bertollo, Luca Tommasi


14 Virtual Reality and Mental Training

Cornelia Frank


Section 3: Emerging Topics and Understudied Populations

15 Spirituality in Sport Psychology Consulting

Maria Luisa M. Guinto


16 Minorities

Stephanie J. Hanrahan


17 Psychological Interventions with Paralympic Athletes

Michelle D. Guerrero, Jeffrey J. Martin, & Eva Prokesova


18 Innovations in Mental Skills Training for Young Athletes

Paul McCarthy & Bryan McCann


19 Contemporary Approaches to Sport Leadership

Megan E. Gilchrist & Clifford J. Mallett


20 Referees: Developmental, Performance, and Training Considerations

Roy David Samuel

About the Editors

Maurizio Bertollo is Rector’s delegate for international affairs and Associate Professor of Motor behavior at the University G. d’Annunzio of Chieti and Pescara, Italy. He is Vice-President of the European Federation of Sport Psychology and has been consultant for some Italian Sport Federations and some National Olympic Committees.


Edson Filho is currently a Lecturer of Sport and Exercise Psychology at the University of Central Lancashire. He has authored over 70 peer-reviewed manuscripts and book chapters in the field of Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology and has worked as a consultant for college and amateur athletes.


Peter C. Terry is Dean of the Graduate Research School and Professor of Psychology at the University of Southern Queensland, Australia. He is past-President of the Asian-South Pacific Association of Sport Psychology and a veteran of nine Olympic Games as an applied sport psychologist.

About the Series

Key Issues in Sport and Exercise Psychology

International Perspectives on Key Issues in Sport and Exercise Psychology is a series of edited books published in partnership with the International Society of Sport Psychology. Each title reflects cutting edge research in the psychological study of high level sport, written by key researchers and leading figures in the field of sports psychology. 

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Applied Psychology