The psychological health of competitive athletes is of paramount importance to performance, retention, and wellbeing in sport, and national governing bodies are increasingly concerned with its promotion. Psychosocial Health and Wellbeing in High-Level Athletes offers students, researchers and practicing sport psychologists an accessible and rigorous grounding in the manifestations of psychosocial health in athletes, the threats athletes face to their psychosocial health, and the interventions which can be designed to enhance it.
Seeking to guide future research and expand professional understanding of psychosocial issues in sport, the book is based on a model of cognitive, emotional, social and spiritual health. It clearly defines these dimensions in a sporting context before discussing pertinent threats—such as career transitions, injuries and abuse—and interventions, including adversarial growth, life skill interventions, prevention and organization policy, and mindfulness-based interventions.
Providing an innovative and integrated perspective on psychosocial health and wellbeing in competitive sport, this book is essential reading for upper-level students taking any clincial sport psychology modules, and for sport psychologists, coaches and administrators working with competitive athletes.
Section 1: Foundations of Psychosocial Health
1. The Relevance of Psychosocial Health for High-level Athletes
2. Cognitive and Emotional Health
3. Social and Spiritual Health
Section 2: Threats to Psychosocial Health
4. Organizational Stress
5. Performance Pressure
Section 3: Interventions and Positive Outcomes
10. Organizational Practices and Policy
12. Resilience and Growth