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Sport and Exercise Psychology

2nd Edition

Edited by Andrew M Lane


346 pages | 55 B/W Illus.

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The new edition of Sport and Exercise Psychology asks four fundamental questions that get to the heart of this flourishing discipline:

  • What inner states influence what people think, feel, and behave?
  • How can people manage or self-regulate their own inner states?
  • How can sport and exercise psychology professionals help people manage their inner states?
  • Is sport psychology just a placebo effect?

Taking an applied perspective that bridges the gap between sport and exercise, the book answers these questions by covering the key topics in the field, including confidence, anxiety, self-regulation, stress and self-esteem. There are also chapters on the role of music in performance, imagery and exercise addiction.

Each chapter is written by an expert in that field, and includes a range of features illustrating specific issues, either within the research literature or their practical application. This is a comprehensive and engaging overview of an evolving discipline, and will be essential reading to any student of sport and exercise psychology. It will also be of huge interest to athletes and coaches seeking an accessible understanding of the role of psychology in sport.


‘This edition presents a timely integration of traditional and emerging topics in applied sport and exercise psychology. The many research-practice tasks and learning materials mean that the text will be a valuable "how-to" introduction for students, neophytes, and educators.’

Chris Wagstaff, Department of Sport and Exercise Science, University of Portsmouth, UK

'With a unique and clear organization Sport and Exercise Psychology presents all the key topics which are taught at undergraduate level and also several topics not covered by other textbooks. It includes a range of resources which will significantly increase the chances of the information being understood, remembered, and perhaps applied!'

Stephanie Hanrahan, School of Psychology, University of Queensland, Australia

Table of Contents

1. Introduction Andrew M. Lane Section 1: What inner states influence what people think, feel, and behave? 2. Mood and sport performance Andrew M. Lane 3. Sport Confidence Kate Hays, Andrew P. Lane and Owen Thomas 4. Anxiety in Sport: Are we any closer to untangling the knots? Mark Uphill 5. Physical Activity and Self-Esteem Michael J. Duncan and Emma L. J. Eyre Section 2: How can people manage or self-regulate their own inner states? 6. Self-Control in Sport: Does Willpower Resemble a Muscle? Christopher Fullerton 7. Understanding stress and coping amongst competitive athletes in sport: Applying psychological theory and research Tracey Devonport 8. Managing own and others’ emotions in sport: Applied and research considerations Andrew Friesen 9. Exercise Addiction Attila Szabo, and Alexei Y. Egorov Section 3: How can sport and exercise psychology professionals help people manage their inner states? 10. Applied sport psychology: Enhancing performance using psychological skills training Richard Thelwell 11. Imagery in sport, Dave Smith and Caroline Wakefield 12. Understanding and Applying Performance Profiling in Sport Neil J.V. Weston 13. The scientific application of music in exercise and sport: towards a new theoretical model Costas I. Karageorghis Section 4: Beliefs versus reality, or beliefs as reality? 14. Beliefs versus reality, or beliefs as reality? The placebo effect in sport and exercise Chris Beedie and Abby Foad

About the Editor

Andy Lane is a Professor of Sport Psychology at the University of Wolverhampton. He has authored more than 200 peer refereed journal articles, edited three books and is a regular contributor to the print, radio and TV media.

About the Series

Topics in Applied Psychology

Topics in Applied Psychology offers a range of accessible, integrated texts ideal for courses in applied psychology. Written by leading figures in the field, they provide a comprehensive academic and professional insight into each topic. They incorporate a range of features to bring psychology to life, including case histories, research methods, ethical debate, and learner activities. The series will provide readers with the tools you need to engage with, enjoy and understand your applied psychology discipline, ultimately ensuring confidence and success in exams as well as a comprehensive grounding in the profession.

Learn more about the series from our interview with Graham Davey!

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Subject Categories

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