1st Edition

Feelings in Sport Theory, Research, and Practical Implications for Performance and Well-being

Edited By Montse Ruiz, Claudio Robazza Copyright 2021
    270 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    270 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Feeling states, including emotional experiences, are pervasive to human functioning. Feeling states deeply influence the individual’s effort, attention, decision making, memory, behavioural responses, and interpersonal interactions. The sporting environment offers an ideal setting for the development of research questions and applied interventions to improve the well-being and well-functioning of the people involved.

    This ground-breaking book is the first to offer cutting-edge knowledge about contemporary theoretical, methodological, and applied issues with the contributions of leading researchers and practitioners in the field. Feeling states in sports are comprehensively covered by adopting an international and multi-disciplinary perspective.

    Part I covers most relevant conceptual frameworks, including emotion-centred and action-centred approaches, challenge and threat evaluations, an evolutionary approach to emotions, and the role of passion in the experience of emotion. Part II focuses on interpersonal aspects related to emotions and regulation, encompassing social and interpersonal emotion influence and regulation, social identity and group-based emotions, and performance experiences in teams. Part III presents applied indications surrounding emotional intelligence training, and emotional regulation strategies including imagery, self-talk, the use of music, mindfulness, motor skills execution under pressure, self-regulation in endurance sports, and the use of technology. Finally, Part IV examines issues related to athlete well-being, including the role of emotions in sport injury, emotional eating, and mental recovery.

    Feelings in Sport: Theory, Research, and Practical Implications for Performance and Well-being is an essential source for sport psychology practitioners, researchers, sports coaches, undergraduate and postgraduate students.

    1. The Multi-States (Must) Theory for Emotion- And Action-Regulation In Sports

    Montse C. Ruiz, Laura Bortoli, and Claudio Robazza

    2. Challenge and Threat States and Emotions

    Nadine Sammy, David Harris, and Sam Vine

    3. An Evolutionary Approach to Emotions In Sports

    Philip Furley

    4. The Role of Passion in the Experience of Emotions in Sport

    Benjamin J. I. Schellenberg, Jérémie Verner-Filion, and Robert J. Vallerand

    5. The Social Influence of Emotions Within Sports Teams

    Andrew P. Friesen, Svenja A. Wolf, and Gerben A. van Kleef

    6. We’re in This Together: Dyadic and Interpersonal Aspects of Emotions, Coping, and Emotion Regulation in Sport

    Katherine A. Tamminen and Kacey C. Neely

    7. Social Identity and Group–Based Emotions: Application in the Context of Sport Setting

    Mickaël Campo and Xavier Sanchez

    8. Shared Zones of Optimal Functioning Framework

    Edson Filho

    9. Emotional Competences Training

    Sylvain Laborde, Julia Eyre, Jonas Akpetou, Ann-Christin Engler, Fabian Hofmann, Justin Klanderman, Yannick Klein, Vanessa Martins, Martin Leo Reinhard, Pia Zajonz, and Emma Mosley

    10. Examining the Connections of Emotion and Imagery in Sport Performance

    Anthony Watt and Tony Morris

    11. Self-Talk and Emotions in Sport

    Julian Fritsch, Alexander T. Latinjak, and Antonis Hatzigeorgiadis

    12. Lose Yourself in the Music: Regulating Performance Emotional States Through Music

    Thierry R. F. Middleton, Brennan Petersen, Cole Giffin, and Robert J. Schinke

    13. Mindfulness and Emotions in Sport

    Cristina Fink and Montse C. Ruiz

    14. Self-Regulation and Emotion Regulation in Endurance Performance

    Noel E. Brick, Andreas Venhorst, Daniel T. Robinson, and Tadhg E. MacIntyre

    15. Training for Success Under Stress: Appropriately Embedding Motor Skills in Sport

    Howie J. Carson and Dave Collins

    16. Using Technology for Self-Regulation in Sport

    Selenia di Fronso, Penny Werthner, Sommer Christie, and Maurizio Bertollo

    17. Emotion and Emotion Regulation from the Perspective of the Practitioner

    Andrew M. Lane

    18. Role of Emotions in Sport Injury

    Monna Arvinen-Barrow and Damien Clement

    19. Emotional Eating: Implications for Research and Practice in Elite Sports Contexts

    Tracey J Devonport Wendy Nicholls, and Chao-Hwa (Josephine) Chen-Wilson

    20. Fatigue, Effort and Other Feeling States in Athletic Pacing

    John Raglin, Florentina Hettinga, and Ren-Jay Shei

    21. Stress States, Mental Fatigue, and the Concept of Mental Recovery in Sports

    Fabian Loch, Annika Hof zum Berge, Sarah Kölling and Michael Kellmann


    Montse C. Ruiz (PhD, SASP-FEPSAC UPV sert.) is Senior Lecturer of sport and exercise psychology at the Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences of the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. Her research interests involve emotional regulation and the study of emotional and motivational components of performance-related experiences. She is a certified consultant of the European Federation of Sport Psychology and the Finnish Psychological Association, and has worked with athletes in different sports, levels, and countries. Montse is a board member of national and international Sport and Exercise Psychology associations.


    Claudio Robazza (PhD) is Professor of methods and didactics of motor activities at the Department of Medicine and Aging Sciences of the University of Chieti-Pescara, Italy. As a sport psychologist, he has been working with top-level athletes of different sports. He has conducted field-based studies in physical education, motor learning, and sport performance domains, and his primary research interest is in the area of performance-related emotions, performance optimisation, and motor learning. In 2015, Claudio received the Ema Geron Award from the FEPSAC (European Federation of Sport Psychology) in recognition of his national contribution to the development of sport and exercise psychology. In the same year, he also received the Diploma of Honour – Bronze Medal from the ISSF (International Shooting Sport Federation) in appreciation of his service to the shooting sports.