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Routledge Companion to Sport and Exercise Psychology

Global perspectives and fundamental concepts, 1st Edition

Edited by Athanasios G. Papaioannou, Dieter Hackfort


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Written by an international team of expert contributors, this unique global and authoritative survey explores in full but accessible detail the basic constructs and concepts of modern sport and exercise psychology and their practical application.

The book consists of 62 chapters, written by 144 contributors, deriving from 24 countries across the world. The chapters are arranged in nine cohesive sections: sport and exercise participants; the influence of environments on sport and exercise; motor skills; performance enhancement; building and leading teams; career, life skills and character development; health and well-being enhancement; clinical issues in sport psychology; and professional development and practice. Each chapter contains chapter summaries and objectives, learning aids, questions, exercises and references for further reading.

Its comprehensive scale and global reach make this volume an essential companion for students, instructors and researchers in sport science, sport and exercise psychology, psychology, and physical education. It will also prove invaluable for coaches and health education practitioners.


"This is an excellent resource for anyone interested in sport and exercise psychology. The contributing authors are all highly regarded experts on their fields. Each chapter is written in an accessible style appropriate for undergraduates, while also providing the most current research findings in the content area… the depth and breadth of information provided make the book a must-have for those teaching those courses… Summing up: Highly Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals; general readers." - L.J. Burton, University of Connecticut, in CHOICE, October 2014

"This extensive collection of articles represents perhaps the most comprehensive and up-to-date coverage of the sport and exercise literature available, with chapters addressing everything from the physiology of motor behavior, to performance enhancement, to motivational interventions with athletes. Moreover, this is the most truly international presentation of the field available, giving voice to perspectives from around the globe, and from top scholars in multiple disciplines. Whether one’s interest is in the basic science or applied practice of sport and exercise psychology, this is an essential volume." - Richard M. Ryan, Department of Clinical & Social Sciences in Psychology, University of Rochester, USA

Table of Contents

General Introduction, A. G. Papaioannou and D. Hackfort Section 1: Understanding participants in sport and exercise contexts: Athanasios Papaioannou and Cliff Mallett 1.Developmental Perspectives on Sport and Physical Activity Participation, T. S. Horn and J. Butt 2. Nurturing Talent in Youth Sport, J. Côté, D. J. Hancock and B. Abernethy 3. Self-esteem and self-perceptions in sport and exercise K. R Fox and M. Lindwall 4. Achievement motivation, G. C. Roberts and A. G. Papaioannou 5. Promoting Motivational Coaching Environments, N. Ntoumanis and C. J. Mallett 6. Emotions, J. Hanin and P. Ekkekakis 7. Individuals With Disabilties, J. J. Martin, F. Vitali and L. Whalen 8. Gender and Sexual Orientation, V. Krane and C. Symons 9. Cultural Diversity, D. L. Gill and T. V. Ryba 10. Perfectionism in sport: The influence of personality, H. K. Hall, G. E. Jowett and A. P. Hill 11. Coaches, Lorimer, R., and Jowett, S. Section 2 Understanding the influence of environments on sport and exercise: Sophia Jowett 12. Families, S. Carr and D. A. Weigand 13. Peer Relationships And The Youth Sport Experience, A. L. Smith and F. d’Arripe-Longueville 14. Audience Influences On Athlete Performances, B. Strauss and C. MacMahon 15. The Psychology Of Decision Making In Sports Officials, C. MacMahon and B. Strauss 16. Media, E. Kristiansen and G. Lines Section 3 Promoting motor skills: Thomas Schack and Hiroshi Sekiya 17. Attention and Neurocognition, Essig, K., Janelle, C., Borgo, F., & Koester, D. 18. Modeling and Feedback, D. I. Anderson, A. M. Rymal and D. M. Ste-Marie 19. Organization of Practice, D. L. Wright, H. Sekiya and J. Rhee 20. Elements and Construction of Motor Control, T. Schack, B. Bläsing, C. Hughes, T. Flash, M. Schilling Section 4 Enhancing performance: Dieter Hackfort, Gershon Tenenbaum and Tony Morris 21. Psychological Skills Training And Programs, J. Dosil, J. Gualberto Cremades and S. Rivera 22. Goal Setting and Sport Performance, R. Weinberg and J. Butt 23. Imagery, T. Bhasavanija and T. Morris 24. Self-Talk, A. Hatzigeorgiadis, N. Zourbanos, A. T. Latinjak, Y. Theodorakis 25. Psyching up and Psyching down, J. Acharya & T. Morris 26. Self-Regulation and Biofeedback, B. Blumenstein, E. Tsung-Min Hung and I. Orbach 27. Self-Confidence and Self-Efficacy, D. L. Feltz and E. Öncü 28. Coping with Stress and Anxiety, S. Hanton and S. D. Mellalieu 29. Choking, D. Marchant, and R. Maher and J. Wang 30. Individual and Team Decision-Making, G. Tenenbaum and L. Gershgoren 31. Performance Routines, R. Lidor, D. Hackfort, and T. Schack 32. Preparing Athletes For Major Competitions, G. Si, T. Statler, and D. Samulski Section 5 Understanding how to build and lead teams: Mark Eys and Packianathan Chelladurai 33. Building Cohesive Groups, M. Blair Evans, M. A. Eys, M. W. Bruner, J. Kleinert 34. Norms, Rules, and Discipline, M. Van Bussel, M. Gregg 35. Creating adaptive motivational climates, J. L. Duda, Athanasios Papaioannou, P. Appleton, E. J. Quested, C. Krommidas 36. Communication in Sport Teams, P. Sullivan, S. Jowett, D. Rhind 37. Transformational Leadership, K. L. Morton, B. D. Sylvester, A. Justine Wilson, C. Lonsdale & M. R. Beauchamp 38. Athlete Leadership: Theory, Research, and Practice, T. M. Loughead, L. Mawn, J. Hardy, and K. J. Munroe-Chandler Section 6 Career, life skills and character development through sport: Brenda Bredemeier 39. Athletes’ Career Development and Transitions, N. Stambulova and P. Wylleman 40. Developing Social and Emotional Skills, T. Lintunen and D. Gould 41. Promoting Morality and Character Development, D. Light Shields and B. L. Bredemeier 42. Controlling Anger and Aggression, C. J Gee and L. R Potwarka 43. Passion, R. J. Vallerand and J. Verner-Filion Section 7 Enhancing health and well-being: Nikos Chatzisarantis 44. Physical Activity and Feeling Good, P. Ekkekakis and S. H. Backhouse 45. Physical Activity and Cognitive Functioning, Y. Chang and J. L. Etnier 46. Sitting Psychology: Towards a Psychology of Sedentary Behaviour, S. J.H. Biddle and T. Gorely 47. Exercise Prescription, S. Mukherjee 48. Adherence to Physical Activities and Sport, N. L. D. Chatzisarantis, M. S. Hagger, M. Kawabata, & S. Kamarova 49. Counselling to Promote Physical Activity, S. J. Hardcastle and A. H. Taylor 50. Organizational and community physical activity programs, K. Takenaka, & L. D. Zaichkowsky Section 8 Clinical issues in sport psychology: Trisha Leahy 51. Physical exercise and major depressive disorder in adult patients, I. Morres, A. Stathi, E. W. Martinsen, and M. Sørensen 52. Eating Disorders, T. A. Petrie and C. Greenleaf 53. Sexual Abuse in Elite Sport, T. Leahy 54. Substance Abuse, M. P. Martens and J. L. Martin 55. Sport Injuries, U. Johnson & L. Podlog Section 9 Professional development and practice: Judy Van Raalte and Antoinette Minniti 56. Developing Professional Philosophy for Sport Psychology Consulting Practice, A. Poczwardowski, M. W. Aoyagi, J. L. Shapiro 57. Understanding Athletes’ Psychological Needs, B. Giges & P. McCarthy 58. Using quantitative psychological assessment, Psychountaki, M., Stavrou, N.Α., Vlachopoulos, S.P, Van Raalte, J. L., & Minniti, A. M. 59. Issues in the Diagnosis of Psychopathological Disorders, H. Davis IV, J. P. Sullivan, C. Carr, D. B. Coppel, A. Shunk, J. Carter, S. Goldman, T. Hammond, and P. H.F. Baillie 60. Technological Advancements in Sport Psychology, Schack, T., Bertollo, M., Koester, D., Maycock, J., & Essig, K. 61. Professional training, supervision, and continuing education, Minniti, A. M. & Van Raalte, J. L. 62. Ethical Issues, D. Hackfort & G. Tenenbaum

About the Editors

Athanasios G. Papaioannou is Professor of Sport Psychology at the University of Thessaly, Greece. He is vice president of the ISSP and the editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology. Professor Papaioannou has co-authored five books and more than 100 articles, and has been the scientific coordinator of national and European projects aiming to promote physical activity and healthy lifestyles.

Dieter Hackfort is Professor of Sport and Exercise Psychology and also currently serves as Head of the Department for Sport Science, both at the University AF in Munich, Germany. His research has been published in 25 books and edited volumes, and in more than 150 contributions in national and international journals. His main research interests are in performance enhancement management, and assessment and training of mental capacities based on the development of an action-theory perspective for human sciences. Professor Hackfort served 11 years (from 1996 to 2006) as a co-editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology and was president of the ISSP from 2005 to 2009.

About the Series

Key Issues in Sport and Exercise Psychology

International Perspectives on Key Issues in Sport and Exercise Psychology is a series of edited books published in partnership with the International Society of Sport Psychology. Each title reflects cutting edge research in the psychological study of high level sport, written by key researchers and leading figures in the field of sports psychology. 

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Applied Psychology
SPORTS & RECREATION / Sports Psychology