1st Edition

Athletic Development A Psychological Perspective

Edited By Caroline Heaney, Nichola Kentzer, Ben Oakley Copyright 2021
    274 Pages 56 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    274 Pages 56 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    Athletic Development: A Psychological Perspective is an examination of the psychological factors that help or hinder the development of participants in sport. This includes influences such as families, coach-athlete interactions, and transitional episodes on an individual’s pathway in sport.

    This edited collection of topical chapters shines a unique psychological perspective on the athlete’s development through sport. It explores a range of contemporary themes that influence athlete’s development including:

    • An introduction to athletic development which orientates a holistic, psychological perspective of the athletic development process.
    • Social influences on athletic development, which explores the impact of varied social influences (e.g., coach, family, peers, school) on sports participation and performance from a psychological perspective.
    • Athlete wellbeing, which explores various aspects influencing mental health and welfare as an athlete progresses through their sports career.

    The book combines key theory with illustrative case studies, to analyse the complexities of athletic development. It takes a critical perspective highlighting some of the debates and controversies in these areas and uses spotlight boxes in each chapter to focus on questions or topics of particular interest. Athletic Development: A Psychological Perspective is a key reader for all students in the fields of sport and exercise psychology, sport coaching, and related sport science subjects.

    Introduction

    Ben Oakley, Caroline Heaney, and Nichola Kentzer

    Section I: Athletic Development: A Holistic View of the Journey

    Ben Oakley

    1. What Is Athletic Development?

    Ben Oakley

    2. How Did We Get Here? Exploring the Evolution of Athletic Development Perspectives

    Ben Oakley

    3. Transitions on the Athlete Journey: A Holistic Perspective

    Robert Morris

    4. Retirement from Sport: The Final Transition

    Candice Lingam-Willgoss

    5. Researching Athletic Development

    Joanna Horne

    Section II: Social Influences on the Athlete’s Journey

    Nichola Kentzer

    6. Coach-Athlete Relationships: The Role of Ability, Intentions and Integrity

    Sophia Jowett and Katelynn Slade

    7. Towards Mutual Understanding: Communication and Conflict in Coaching

    Lauren R. Tufton

    8. Creating an Optimal Motivational Climate for Effective Coaching

    Iain Greenlees

    9. The Family Behind the Athlete

    Jessica Pinchbeck

    10. How Does the School Setting Influence Athletic Development?

    Nichola Kentzer

    Section III: Mental Health and Wellbeing on the Athlete’s Journey

    Caroline Heaney

    11. Understanding Mental Health and Wellbeing in Sport

    Caroline Heaney

    12. Developing Resilience on the Athlete’s Journey

    Karen Howells

    13. Thriving in Athletic Development Environments

    Daniel J Brown

    14. Athlete Welfare for Optimal Athletic Development

    Daniel J. A. Rhind

    Section IV: Conclusions

    15. Effective Athletic Development: Closing Thoughts

    Ben Oakley, Caroline Heaney, and Nichola Kentzer

    Biography

    Caroline Heaney is a senior lecturer in sport and fitness at The Open University. She is a British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) accredited sport and exercise scientist and a Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered sport and exercise psychologist, and has provided sport psychology support to athletes from club to elite level.

    Nichola Kentzer is a lecturer in sport and fitness at The Open University. She is an experienced academic who specialises in sport psychology and education. She is a BASES accredited sport and exercise scientist and an HCPC registered sport and exercise psychologist, and has provided sport psychology support to a broad range of athletes.

    Ben Oakley is a professor in sports performance education at The Open University and has previously lectured at Portsmouth and Southampton Solent Universities. Formerly, he worked as a national coach in windsurfing, which included attending the Olympic Games twice. He sits on the advisory board for the Applied Coaching Research Journal and has been an external examiner at five other universities.