The Routledge International Encyclopedia of Sport and Exercise Psychology: Volume 1: Theoretical and Methodological Concepts, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

The Routledge International Encyclopedia of Sport and Exercise Psychology

Volume 1: Theoretical and Methodological Concepts, 1st Edition

Edited by Dieter Hackfort, Robert J. Schinke


648 pages | 18 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9781138734418
pub: 2020-04-22
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The Routledge International Encyclopedia of Sport and Exercise Psychology integrates the topics of motor control, physical education, exercise, adventure, performance in sports and the performing arts, in several important ways and contexts, drawing upon diverse cultural perspectives. More than ninety overarching topics have been systematically developed by internationally renowned experts in theory, research, and practice.

Each contribution delves into a thematic area with more nuanced vocabulary. The terminology drawn upon integrates traditional discourse and emerging topic matter into a state of the art two-volume set. Volume 1: Theoretical and Methodological Concepts is comprised of theoretical topic matter, spanning theories and terminology from psychology contextualized to sport and physical activity, sport psychology focused theories, and expansive discussions related to philosophy of science and methodology. Volume 2: Applied and Practical Measures draws upon practical concepts that bridge theory and research with practice. Broader issues that extend beyond sport and physical activity participants are embedded within the entries, intended to augment physical, mental, and social wellbeing.

This expansive encyclopedia is a must-have resource for all professionals, scholars, and students in the fields of sport psychology and sport science.


"This is the most comprehensive, up-to-date compendium in the psychology of sport and exercise. Covering an array of topics from emotional experience to motor control, this volume is more than a just a reference, it’s a source of inspiration to researchers and practitioners." - Richard M. Ryan, Institute for Positive Psychology and Education, Australian Catholic University, North Sydney, Australia.

"The Routledge International Encyclopedia of Sport and Exercise Psychology is a much-needed encyclopedia in the field of sport and exercise psychology. Most importantly, it has the hallmark of global authorities in this field. Their scholarly description of over 90 key-topics will provide enormous assistance to lecturers and newcomers in the fields of psychology and sport sciences all over the world. Another monumental contribution to the field of sport and exercise psychology by Dieter Hackfort, Robert Schinke and the International Society of Sport Psychology." - Athanasios Papaioannou, University of Thessaly, Greece.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Board of Experts

List of Contributors

List of Key Words

Orientation for Volume 1


Dieter Hackfort & Robert J. Schinke

Adventurous Sport Activities

Dieter Hackfort


Tim Woodman, Christine Le Scanff, & Olivier Luminet

Anticipation and Expertise

Paul Ward, Joel Suss, Patrick Belling & A. Mark Williams

Cliques and Subgroups

Luc Martin

Cognitive Sport Psychology

Aidan Moran

Context-Driven Sport Psychology: A Cultural Lens

Louise Kamuk Storm & Carsten Hvid Larsen


Noora Ronkainen & Amy Blodgett

Depression and Athletes

Erlanger A. Turner

Embodied Cognition

Massimiliano Lorenzo Cappuccio & Jesus Ilundáin-Agurruza

Emotional Intelligence

Emma Mosley, Matthew Watson & Sylvain Laborde

Expertise - Nature and Nurture

Joseph Baker & Stuart Wilson

Five Factor Model (Big 5) and its Relation to Sporting Performance

Iain Greenless

Goals and Emotions

Warren Mansell

Group Cohesion and Team Building

M. Blair Evans, Scott A. Graupensperger & Svenja A. Wolf

Group Flow

Fabian Pels & Jens Kleinert

Judgement and Decision Making

Markus Raab & Clare MacMahon

Leadership and Social Identity

Katrien Fransen, Jamie B. Barker & Matthew J. Slater

Measurement Quality

Eva Pila, Mark G. Epp & Kent C. Kowalski

Mental Fitness

Dieter Hackfort & York-Peter Klöppel

Mental Health and Wellness

William D. Parham

Meta-Analysis and Meta-Synthesis

Thomas Curran & Toni L. Williams

Methods in Cognitive Sport Psychology

Gershon Tenenbaum & Edson Filho

Mindfulness and Exercise

Sarah Ullrich-French & Anne E. Cox

Motivation - Achievement Goal Theory in Sport and Physical Activity

Glyn C. Roberts & C. G. L. Nerstad

Motor Control

Julian Rudisch, Nils Henrik Pixa & Claudia Voelcker-Rehage

Motor Learning

Nicole T. Ong & Nicola J. Hodges


Katharina Geukes, Carolyn C. Morf & Mitja D. Back

Organizational Culture in Sport

Christopher R. D. Wagstaff & Suzanna Burton-Wylie


Andrew P. Hill, Daniel J. Madigan, Martin M. Smith, Sarah H. Mallinson-Howard & Tracy C. Donachie

Personality and Physical Activity

Ryan E. Rhodes & Kathryn E. Wilson

Personality and Team Effectiveness

James Hardy, Alex J. Benson & Matt W. Boulter

Personality Assessment I: An Integrative Approach

Tristan J. Coulter, Clifford J. Mallett & Dan P. McAdams

Personality Assessment II: Within-Person Variability Assessment

Katharina Geukes & Steffen Nestler

Personality Research: Directions

Harry Manley & Ross Roberts

Planned Exercise Behaviour

Vassilis Barkoukis & Lambros Lazuras

Positive Youth Development: A Sport and Exercise Psychology Perspective

Diane L. Gill & Michael A. Hemphill

Power and Priviledge

Sae-Mi Lee & Stephanie J. Hanrahan

Qualitative Methods

Toni Louise Williams & Brett Smith

Research Philosophies

Katherine A. Tamminen & Zoë A. Poucher

Resilience in Teams and Organizations

Christopher R. D. Wagstaff, Kirsten J. Fasey & Mustafa Sarker

Self-Determination Theory

Nikita Bhavsar, Nikos Ntoumanis, Cecilie Thogersen-Ntoumani, Eleanor Quested & Nikos Chatzisarantis

Self-Efficacy Beliefs

Timothy J. H. Budden, Ben Jackson & James A. Dimmock


Kerry McGannon & Brett Smith

Spirituality in Sport

Thierry R. F. Middleton, Robert J. Schinke, Brennan Petersen & Cole Giffin

Stress and Wellbeing of those Operating in Groups

Lee Baldock, Brendan Cropley, Stephen D. Mellalieu & Rich Neil

Trauma: The Invisible Tattoos

William D. Parham

Validity and Reliability

Katie E. Gunnell

About the Editors

Dieter Hackfort is a retired professor for sport psychology. In his career he held professorships at the Center for Behavioral Medicine and Health Psychology at the University of South Florida, USA, Institutes for Sport Science at the Universities in Heidelberg and Munich, Germany, at Qatar University in Doha, an Honorary Professorship and a Guest Professorship at the Hubei University in Wuhan, China. Dr. Hackfort is former President of the German Association of Sport Psychology (asp) and the International Society of Sport Psychology (ISSP). He also serves as a consultant for Olympic athletes, athletes in x-treme/adventurous sports, and professional drivers in F1 and further motor sports.

Robert J. Schinke is President for the International Society of Sport Psychology (ISSP) and a Past President of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP). Robert is a Full Professor and the Canada Research Chair of Multicultural Sport and Physical Activity at Laurentian University, in Canada, and a Distinguished Honorary Professor at Tsing Hua University, in Taiwan. Robert has worked extensively with world champion professional boxers featured on major television networks, consults also with an assortment of professional sport athletes across disciplines, and has served as Mental Training Consultant with several Canadian male and female national teams each Olympic cycle since 1996.

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