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1st Edition

Handbook of Sport Neuroscience and Psychophysiology

Edited By

Roland Carlstedt

ISBN 9781138852181
Published October 8, 2018 by Routledge
430 Pages

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Book Description

Out of the broad arena of sport science and sport psychology, Roland A. Carlstedt presents a comprehensive collection on the neuroscience and associated psychophysiology that underlies and drives sport performance. Featuring sections ranging from the basics and foundations (anatomy and physiology) to the applied (assessment during competition, training, and mental training), Handbook of Sport Neuroscience and Psychophysiology is the first volume to provide students, researchers, practitioners, and coaches the latest knowledge on the brain, mind-body processes, and psychophysiological responding in the context of sport performance.

Table of Contents


1. Applied, Integrative and Ecological Biomarker-Guided Sport Neuroscience and Psychophysiology: Fundamentals, Research, Procedures, Methods and Analytics: An Overview of Chapters Roland A. Carlstedt

Section I: Fundamentals and Research in Sport Neuroscience and Psychophysiology

2. The Neural Pathway of Sport Actions: From Seeing and Hearing to Doing: Perception-Action Relationships Paola Cesari and Cosimo Urgesi

3. Fundamentals of Electroencephalography and Optical Imaging for Sport and Exercise Science: From the Laboratory to On-the-Playing-Field Acquired Evidence Michela Balconi and Davide Crivelli

4. Sport-Related EEG Activity: What Have We Learned from a Quarter-Century’s

Worth of Research? Karla A. Kubitz

5. Neuroimaging: Techniques and Applications in Sports Chantel Mayo and Jodie Gawryluk

6. fMRI in Sport and Performance Research: A Synthesis of Research Findings Daniel T. Bishop and Michael J. Wright

7. From Investigation to Intervention: Biofeedback and Neurofeedback Biomarkers in Sport Michela Balconi, Francesca Pala, Davide Crivelli, and Valeria Milone

8. Understanding Neural Mechanisms of Memory in Rapid Recognition of Football Formations Kyle K. Morgan, Don Tucker, and Phan Luu

9. Psychologically Mediated Heart Rate Variability During Official Competition: Ecological Investigations of the Heart Rate Deceleration Response with Implications for Quantifying Flow Roland A. Carlstedt

Section II: Applied Sport Neuroscience and Psychophysiology: Intervention and Mental Training

10. Ecological, Volitional Inducement of Heart Rate Deceleration in Athletes During Competition: A Mental Training Protocol Roland A. Carlstedt

11. The Use of Gaze Training to Expedite Motor Skill Acquisition Mark R. Wilson and Samuel J. Vine

12. Cognitive Strategies to Enhance Motor Performance: Examples of Applying Action Observation, Motor Imagery and Psyching-up Techniques Ambra Bisio and Marco Bove

13. Neurofeedback Research in Sport: A Critical Review of the Field Andrew Cooke, Eduardo Bellomo, Germano Gallicchio, and Christopher Ring

14. Neurofeedback in Sport: Theory, Methods, Research and Efficacy Tsung-Min Hung and Ming-Yang Cheng

15. Social Neuroscience: We Think, Therefore We Are: Team Dynamics, Hyper-Brains, and Hyper-Minds Edson Filho and Gershon Tenenbaum

Section III: Clinical Sport Neuroscience and Psychophysiology

16. The Neuropsychology of Concussion Richard O. Temple

17. Neuroanatomy and Cellular Mechanisms of Sports-Related Concussion and Traumatic Brain Injury Kenneth Perrine, Suzanne Zuckerman, and Philip E. Stieg

18. Beyond Physical Exercise: Designing Physical Activities for Cognitive Enhancement David Moreau

19. The Reticular-Activating Hypofrontality (RAH) Model Arne Dietrich, Julien Dirani, and Zeead Yaghi

20. Technology Product Options in Sport Neuroscience and Psychophysiology Divya Jain and Ziba Atak

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Roland A. Carlstedt, Ph.D. is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Board Certified Sport Psychologist. He chairs the American Board of Sport Psychology and is its Director of Research and Training and Chief Sport Psychologist. He holds research appointments with Harvard Medical School and McLean Hospital in the department of Psychiatry.

Michela Balconi, PhD, is Professor of Neuropsychology and Cognitive Neuroscience at the Faculty of Psychology of the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart - UCSC, Milan.


‘The Handbook of Sport Neuroscience and Psychophysiology is a great source for learning more about the brain, and how it can be optimized for both performance and recovery. Emphasizing ecological approaches that have gained widespread use in the high-performance training culture, the authors convey how the core principles of neuroscience/social neuroscience, psychophysiology, and biofeedback can help athletes and coaches optimize training, performance, and rehabilitation, each by understanding how the human brain has evolved to optimize skill performance, cope with expected and unexpected challenges, and remain robust to injuries and defeats through biologically-mediated healing and recovery. Understanding these systems will help athletes of all levels learn how to leverage them most effectively. Whether you are seeking an introduction to the neuropsychology of sports or a primer on the brain, this handbook is a well-written, well-curated new resource for the community.’- Justin Baker, MD, PhD, Scientific Director, Institute for Technology in Psychiatry, McLean Hospital, Harvard Medical School

‘The Handbook of Sport Neuroscience and Psychophysiology combines the latest theory, research, and practical insights in this rapidly evolving space. The breadth of topics covered by the team of renowned experts, led by Dr. Roland A. Carlstedt and Dr. Michela Balconi, represents a landmark contribution to the field. While not sacrificing scientific rigor, the book is accessible and relevant not only to clinicians and scientists but also students, coaches, and athletes. From the most recent advances utilizing digital technologies to the fundamental theories grounding the field of sport neuroscience and psychophysiology, this book offers unrivaled access and information.’ - John Torous, MD, MBI, Director of the Division of Digital Psychiatry, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School

‘Elegantly written, the Handbook of Sport Neuroscience and Psychophysiology takes on a journey through the neural pathways of sport. Using the advanced technology, including neuroimaging, EEG, bio and neurofeedback, the authors probe deep into our brains and map out our electrophysiological and hemodynamic responses during sport activity and physical exercise. This is a must-read for clinicians, researchers, instructors, students, athletes, and coaches. It is a seminal reference for how the brain works in the context of sport and evidence-based, biomarker approaches to assessing and enhancing athletic performance as well as the clinical neuroscience of exercise and brain concussion. Welcome to the present and future of sport neuroscience.’ - Philippe Douyon, MD, Assistant Professor of Neurology, Seton Hall-Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine; Founder and CEO of The Inle BrainFit Institute

‘Expanding on his own seminal studies of professional athletes, Dr. Roland A. Carlstedt, together with Dr. Michela Balconi, recruited prominent contemporary researchers and practitioners to produce the first comprehensive handbook offering both applied and theoretical perspectives on the neuroscience and psychophysiology of sport performance—a pioneering contribution...’ - Auke Tellegen, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Department of Psychology, University of Minnesota

‘In this cutting-edge book, Dr. Roland A. Carlstedt has assembled a blue-ribbon collection of international authors to present the state of the art in sport neuroscience and psychophysiology. Did you know that "motor imagery" can now be imaged using creative experimental paradigms and sophisticated brain imaging technology? Or that teams seem to produce a "group mind" that can be quantified using "mind-body" measures or that heart rate deceleration during pre-action phases of competition appears to be a biomarker of being In-the-Zone? These and many other questions are addressed and answered in this comprehensive handbook, making it a must-read for students, clinicians, sport psychologists, coaches and athletes. It is an excellent reference and the go-to textbook for college courses in sport neuroscience and psychophysiology (that I think will proliferate because of this book).’ - Stanley Krippner, PhD, Professor of Psychology, Saybrook University, American Board of Sport Psychology

‘The Handbook of Sport Neuroscience and Psychophysiology is an invaluable resource for sport psychologists. It will also be of interest to practitioners in sports medicine as well as coaches and athletes. The book presents readers with seminal research and evidence-based approaches to athlete assessment and mental training. As a former tennis professional, I appreciate how this book can also benefit competitive athletes by exposing them to advanced procedures and analytics. This is a landmark book that will have a major impact in a number of fields that focus on sports and athletes and beyond.’ - Clifford Stark, DO, Clinical Director, Sports Medicine at Chelsea, New York City; Director, Northwell Health Plainview