Counselling Athletes: Applying Reversal Theory

By John Kerr

© 2001 – Routledge

176 pages

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pub: 2001-07-05
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About the Book

Reversal theory is an innovative psychological theory exploring human motivation, emotion and personality. This is the first book in the field to examine how reversal theory can be used by practitioners in applied sport psychology in their counselling work with athletes. Counselling Athletes explores the key elements of reversal theory, and comprehensively demonstrates how reversal theory can improve understanding in the following key areas:

* athletes' motivational states when performing

* athletes' motivational characteristics

* identifying performance problems

* athletes' experiences of stress

* intervention strategies

* eating disorders

* exercise addiction.

Each chapter includes real-life case study material from elite performers in sport, as well as guides to further reading and questions for discussion.

Counselling Athletes is essential reading for all practising sport psychologists and coaches, and for any student of sport psychology.


'I really like this book. Its clear, readable style, use of quotations, case studies, applied and academic content held my interest throughout. Kerr led us skilfully through increasingly complex concepts and applications.' - J. Thatcher, British Journal of Sports Medicine

Table of Contents

Preface Acknowledgements 1. Getting Started with Reversal Theory 2. Recognising Athletes' Motivational States 3. Measuring Athletes' States and Dominance 4. Identifying Performance Motivation Problems 5. Counselling Athletes with Inappropriate Reversal Problems 6. Athletes Experiencing Stress 7. Reversal Inhibition and Inappropriate Strategies in Athletes 8. The Sport Psychologist and Eclectic Athlete Counselling

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General