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Sport Psychology: The Basics

By David Tod

© 2014 – Routledge

196 pages

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About the Book

Sport Psychology: The Basics provides an accessible introduction to the fundamental ideas at the heart of Sport Psychology today. It examines the links between sport participants’ behaviours, their personality and their environment to identify the factors which affect performance. Exploring theory and practice, it uses case studies to illustrate how key areas of theory are applied within a sport psychologist’s practice, answering such questions as:

  • What is sport psychology and what do sport psychologists do?
  • What factors affect sporting performance?
  • Which psychological characteristics are associated with achievement in sport?
  • How can performance be improved by using theory?

With a glossary of key terms, suggestions for further study and ideas for improving performance, Sport Psychology: The Basics is an ideal introduction for students of sport and coaches who would like to know more about how sport psychologists address questions about human behaviour in sport.


"…A well-written and interesting book that concisely provides the basics to some of the sports psychology major areas." -Andreas Ivarsson (2015) 'Introduktion till idrottspsykologi på under 200 sidor/Introduction to Sport Psychology in under 200 pages',

Table of Contents

Part 1: Individual Differences 1. Personality 2. Motivation 3. Arousal, Stress and Anxiety 4. Self-Confidence Part 2: The Environment 5. Competition and Audience Effects 6. Group Dynamics and Cohesion Part 3: Helping Sports Participants and Coaches 7. Psychological Skills Training 8. Behaviour Modification Bibliography Glossary Index

About the Author

David Tod is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia.

About the Series

The Basics

The Basics is a highly successful series of accessible guidebooks which provide an overview of the fundamental principles of a subject area in a jargon-free and undaunting format.

Intended for students approaching a subject for the first time, the books both introduce the essentials of a subject and provide an ideal springboard for further study. With over 50 titles spanning subjects from Artificial Intelligence to Women’s Studies, The Basics are an ideal starting point for students seeking to understand a subject area.

Each text comes with recommendations for further study and gradually introduces the complexities and nuances within a subject.

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Subject Categories

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