1st Edition

Meaning and Spirituality in Sport and Exercise
Psychological Perspectives

ISBN 9780367732752
Published December 18, 2020 by Routledge
160 Pages

USD $48.95

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Book Description

Despite the growing literature on spirituality and its positive impact on well-being in health psychology, education, occupational psychology and leisure studies, it has been less examined in sport studies. Meaning and Spirituality in Sport and Exercise: Psychological Perspectives examines the many forms of spirituality in sport from a psychological perspective, from moments of transcendence and finding deeper meaning and value to prayer before an important competition or in adversity, such as a career-threatening injury.

Based on the latest research and the Nesti’s experience in applied sport psychology service delivery, this book covers a range of novel topics linking spirituality to athlete development, injury, exercise motivation, and ageing athletes, and offers applied, practical guidance for sport psychologists working with spiritual athletes.

Offering a unique contribution to the study of spirituality in sport, and to sport psychology practice, this book is vital reading for any upper-level student or academic working in sport and exercise psychology, religion and sport, or the philosophy of sport, and any practising sport psychologist.

Table of Contents

Section I: The Base

1. Introduction

Noora J. Ronkainen and Mark S. Nesti

2. Theory

Mark S. Nesti

3. Research

Noora J. Ronkainen

Section II: The Fundamentals

4. Meaning Not Motivation permission for epigraph?

Noora J. Ronkainen

5. Health: What For?

Noora J. Ronkainen

6. Play

Mark S. Nesti

Section III: Life Journeys in Sport

7. Career

Noora J. Ronkainen

8. Injury

Noora J. Ronkainen

9. Ageing

Noora J. Ronkainen

Section IV: Applied Practice

10. Working with Religious and Spiritual Athletes

Mark S. Nesti

11. Education and Professional Philosophy

Mark S. Nesti

12. Conclusions

Noora J. Ronkainen and Mark S. Nesti

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Noora J. Ronkainen is a postdoctoral researcher funded by Alfred Kordelin Foundation at Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, UK.

Mark S. Nesti is a Reader in Psychology in Sport and Head of the MSc programme in Sport Psychology at Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, UK.