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Stress, Well-Being, and Performance in Sport

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ISBN 9780367272678
March 9, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
344 Pages

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Book Description

Stress, Well-Being, and Performance in Sport provides the first comprehensive and contemporary overview of stress in sport and its implications on performance and well-being. It explores how athletes’, coaches, and support staff’s performance can be enhanced while simultaneously optimizing their well-being in contemporary sport.

Divided into four sections following the stress process, Stress, Well-Being, and Performance in Sport covers key topics including:

  • Appraising and coping with stress in sport
  • Responses to and outcomes of stress in sport
  • Moderators of the stress process in sport
  • Stress management to promote thriving in sport

Bringing together theory and practice, each chapter discusses conceptual and theoretical issues, current research, and innovative practical implications. Written by scholars around the globe, Stress, Well-being, and Performance offers an international perspective. It is important reading for students of sport psychology as well as coaches, athletes, and support staff.

Table of Contents


Section I: Appraising and Coping with Stress in Sport

1. Stressors, Hassles, and Adversity

Rachel Arnold and David Fletcher

2. Cognitive Appraisals

Faye F Didymus and Marc V Jones

3. Coping

Katherine A Tamminen

Section II: Responses to and Outcomes of Stress in Sport

4. Emotions

Christopher R D Wagstaff, and Katherine A Tamminen

5. Attention and Visuomotor Performance Under Pressure

Lee J Moore, Samuel J Vine, and Mark R Wilson

6. Well-Being and Quality of Life

Carolina Lundqvist

7. Burnout

J D DeFreese and Robert C Eklund

8. Mental Health

Simon Rice, Courtney C Walton, Kate Gwyther, and Rosemary Purcell

Section III: Moderators of the Stress Process in Sport

9 Stress-Related Growth and Resilience

David Fletcher

10. Personality

Sylvain Laborde, Sinikka Heisler, and Emma Mosley

11. Social Support

Paul Freeman

Section IV: Stress Management to Promote Thriving in Sport

12. Stress and Pressure Training

David Fletcher and Rachel Arnold

13. Thriving

Daniel J Brown, Michael Passaportis, and Kate Hays

14. Duties of Care and Welfare Practices, Emma Kavanagh, Daniel Rhind, and

Genevieve Gordon-Thomson


Rachel Arnold and David Fletcher


Cary Cooper

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Rachel Arnold PhD is a Senior Lecturer in Sport and Performance Psychology at the Department for Health, University of Bath, UK. She is a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, registered Practitioner Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council, accredited Sport and Exercise Scientist with the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences, Chartered Scientist with The Science Council, and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Dr Arnold has published widely in the area of stress, performance, and well-being, and received awards for her research from the Association for Applied Sport Psychology, the British Psychological Society, and at the International Convention on Science, Education, and Medicine in Sport.

David Fletcher PhD is the Director of Performance Psychology and Management at Loughborough University, UK. His experience of consulting with high-level performers spans the past 20 years and includes working closely with Olympic and world champions from a variety of sports, special forces and emergency services, and senior leaders and their teams in FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 companies. Dr Fletcher has published widely in performance psychology and consulting, including ground-breaking research studies in scientific journals and practical articles that demystify complex human phenomena.