1st Edition

Sport, Recovery, and Performance Interdisciplinary Insights

Edited By Michael Kellmann, Jürgen Beckmann Copyright 2018
    284 Pages
    by Routledge

    284 Pages
    by Routledge

    Sport, Recovery and Performance is a unique multi-disciplinary collection which examines both the psychological and physiological dimensions to recovery from sport. Including contributions from medicine, neuroscience, psychology and sport science, the book expertly explores the implications for applied and strategic interventions to both retain and stabilize performance, and promote health and well-being.

    Including chapters written by its leading experts, the book represents an important milestone in this evolving field of study. It covers issues around measuring recovery, the impact of overtraining on sleep and mental health, and addresses topics such as the impact of travel on performance. The book informs not only how managing recovery can improve performance, but also offers insights in how recovery can sustain athletes’ physical and mental health.

    Citing research from a range of individual and team sports, as well as extreme situations and the workplace, this is an important book that will be widely read across the sport sciences.


    Part I: Conceptualizing the problem

    Chapter 1: Monitoring the recovery-stress state in athletes

    Chapter 2: Developing athlete monitoring systems: Theoretical basis and practical applications

    Chapter 3: Perceptions and practices of recovery modalities in elite team athletes

    Part II: Psychophysiological determinants of under-recovery

    Chapter 4: Overtraining – what do we know?

    Chapter 5: Recovery-stress balance and psychobiosocial states monitoring of road cyclists

    Chapter 6: Psychophysiological features of soccer players‘ recovery-stress balance during the in-season competitive phase

    Chapter 7: Managing the training load of overreached athletes: Insights from the tapering and detraining literature

    Chapter 8: Recovery-stress balance and injury risk in team sports

    Chapter 9: Stress, underrecovery and health problems in athletes

    Chapter 10: Quantification of training and competition loads in endurance sports: A key to stress-recovery balance and performance

    Part III: The impact of sleep on recovery.

    Chapter 11: The role of sleep in maximising performance in elite athletes

    Chapter 12: Sleep, dreams and athletic performance

    Chapter 13: Domestic and international travel: Implications for performance and recovery in team-sport athletes

    Part IV: Transfer to related areas.

    Chapter 14: What do sport coaches know about recovery?

    Chapter 15: Stress and recovery in extreme situations

    Chapter 16: Stress and recovery in applied settings: Long working hours, recovery, and breaks

    Chapter 17: Psychological relaxation techniques to enhance recovery in sports

    Chapter 18: Sport, recovery and performance: A concluding summary


    Prof. Dr Michael Kellmann is Head of Unit of Sport Psychology at the Faculty of Sport Science at Ruhr University Bochum, Germany. He is also Honorary Professor in the School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences at the University of Queensland, Australia.

    Prof. Dr Jürgen Beckmann is Chair of Sport Psychology at the Department of Sport and Health Sciences at Technical University of Munich, Germany. He was president of the German Society for Sport Psychology (asp), editor in chief of the German Journal of Sport Psychology, and on the editorial board of several international journals (currently Frontiers in Psychology).

    ‘Fifteen years after the publication of Enhancing Recovery it is time for another resource that brings together cutting-edge research on the importance of recovery for athletic performance and health. Michael Kellmann and Jürgen Beckmann have gathered the world’s leading scholars from both psychology and physiology in a joint perspective on recovery research and its practical application. This book’s interdisciplinarity is unique and an advancement that many other research areas could profit from. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn from the best on how to improve the performance and health of athletes by enhancing their recovery.’ – Dr. Anne-Marie Elbe, President of FEPSAC (European Federation of Sport Psychology)