1st Edition

Complex Cases in Sport Psychology

By John E. Coumbe-Lilley Copyright 2018
    226 Pages
    by Routledge

    226 Pages
    by Routledge

    Complex Cases in Sport Psychology offers instructors and students a unique and novel approach to teaching and learning about sport psychology. The book consists of a series of character-driven narratives—set within the context of a university athletic department—which encourage discussion and critical thinking in order to find solutions to issues such as athletes lacking in motivation, introducing mental skills training programs and improving recruitment.

    The book begins with a section introducing the teaching cases approach (suggesting further reading and methods for its delivery), the university setting and the issues this context provides for the sport psychologist, and the cast of characters involved. It goes on to detail over twenty cases spread across four parts (organizational performance, team performance, individual performance, and injury and recovery), each based around a piece of theory and including clear learning outcomes, tasks and non-prescriptive guidance on reaching a solution.

    With online resources which include topical cases, further guidance on the teaching cases approach and an instructor’s manual, this is an essential supplementary resource for any instructor looking to provide experiential learning and encourage critical thinking in their sport psychology classrooms. Covering a full range of psychological issues in a relevant sporting context, it is also an important, hands-on guide to counselling for any upper-level student of sport psychology.

    1. Burnout/Self-handicapping

    2. Coach-athlete Relationship

    3. Seizing an Opportunity to Play Professional Soccer

    4. Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injury Rehabilitation

    5. Goal Keeping Errors during Games

    6. Coach-athlete Relationship Conflict

    7. Coming Out

    8. Staying with or Leaving His Team

    9. Hand Injury

    10. Coach Development

    11. Transition Out of College Sport

    12. Underperformance

    13. Coach Personal Development

    14. Eating Disorder

    15. Binge Drinking

    16. On Court Aggression

    17. Team Toughness

    18. Team Building

    19. Team Development

    20. Sport Administrator Directed Improvement. Part 1

    21. Sport Administrator Directed Improvement. Part 2


    John E. Coumbe-Lilley Ph.D, CMPC, CSCS, is a Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA. He has been providing sport psychology consulting services since 1999 for college, national and Olympic athletes and teams.