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Key Concepts in Sport Psychology

Key Concepts in Sport Psychology

October 2011 | 232 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Key Concepts in Sport Psychology provides a focused, accurate guide for students working within the dynamic field of sport psychology.

The concise and authoritative entries have been selected by experienced teachers and researchers; each one defines, explains and develops a key topic in sport psychology acting as a springboard for further reading and debate. This is a stimulating and practical resource for students defined by the clarity of writing and relevant examples.

Each concept gives the student:

  • clear definitions
  • up-to-date suggestions for further reading
  • careful cross-referencing

Easy to use and intelligently judged this book offers the modern student the basic materials, tools and guidance for planning essays and passing exams.

The History of Sport Psychology
Practising Sport Psychology
Ethical Issues
Organizations, Sources and Resources
Anxiety and Arousal
Measuring Stress and Anxiety
Pre-Performance Routines
Choking Under Pressure
Coping Strategies
Sport Participation Motives
Burnout and Dropout
Goal Setting
Fear of Failure and Need to Achieve
Self-Determination Theory
Achievement Goal Theory
Self-Efficacy and Perceived Competence
Mental Imagery
Mental Practice
Attention and Concentration
Positive Self-Talk and Thought Control
Mental Toughness
Team Cohesion
Team Building
Causal Attribution
Social Facilitation and Social Loafing
Leadership and Effective Coaching
Home Advantage
Fans and Spectators
Motor Development
Practising Motor Skills
Analysis and Measurement of Motor Performance
Gender Issues
Overtraining and Exercise Addiction
Injury and Retirement

I strongly recommend Key Concepts in Sport Psychology to anyone interested in learning more about the international literature in the discipline. The 37 chapters are highly accessible and provide an overview of the issues that not only define the contemporary field but also will continue to shape the future of sport psychology.

Professor David Lavallee
University of Stirling

A fantastic resource but not appropriate for the level of study I required the resource for.

Miss Rebecca Hawkins
School of Sport and Exercise Science, Lincoln University
March 6, 2020

The topics addressed map onto the UG level 2-3 curriculum well.

Dr Tracey Devonport
Sports, Wolverhampton University
July 29, 2016


Dr Ilan Tamir
school of communication, Bar-Ilan University
September 29, 2015

It doesn't quite match up with the BTEC specification. Although what is included is very good.

Mr Alex Leach
Department of Sport & Exercise Science, Bridgwater College
June 29, 2015

This is a great book to provide the students with an up to date brief overview. Not detailed enough to be a core text book on Essential reading though. Good Book, well written

Ms S Windham
Higher Education, Access and Couselling , South Essex College
March 5, 2015

I loved this book for its ease of reference, it is a great resource for dipping into when learning a new topic. It provides a clear overview of the topic without going into too much detail, yet provides suggestions for further reading if required.

Mrs lindsay woodford
School of Psychology, University of The West of England
November 23, 2015

A straightforward, easy to read, informative text on the key concepts in sport psychology. Contemporary and relevant for the student moving into the field. Highly recommended.

Mrs Valerie Ritchie-Littler
Physical Education, The Manchester College
January 26, 2015

Will recommend to all my sport and exercise psychology students.

Mr Paul Russell
Dept of Business Studies, Bolton University
December 10, 2014

A great read that addresses the key concepts within sport psychology. It offers an abundance of research which can be utilised by students and practitioners alike for use within the applied field and research endeavours.

Mr Daniel Sly
Sport Science, Tourism & Leisure Dept, Canterbury Christ Church University
December 4, 2014

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter One

Kremer Sample Section 2.5 to 2.9

John Kremer

John Kremer is a former Reader in Psychology at Queen’s University Belfast, where he lectured from 1980. He combines his academic interest in sport and exercise psychology with practical work with numerous sports, including several national and international teams and individual athletes. His list of book publications include Pure Sport: Sport Psychology in Action (2019), Sport Psychology: Contemporary Themes (2012), Psychology in Sport (1994) and Young People’s Involvement in Sport (1997). More About Author

Aidan Moran

Aidan Moran was Professor of Cognitive Psychology and Director of the Psychology Research Laboratory in University College, Dublin. A Fulbright Scholar and former Editor-in-Chief of the International Review of Sport and Exercise Psychology, he has published extensively on mental imagery and attentional processes in athletes. A former psychologist to the Irish Olympic squad, Aidan advised many of Ireland’s leading athletes and teams and is rightly credited as the founding father of sport psychology in Ireland. More About Author

Graham Walker

Graham Walker is Professor of Political History at Queen's University, Belfast.  More About Author

Cathy Craig

Cathy Craig is a Professor in Perception and Action Psychology at the School of Psychology, Ulster University and CEO/Co-Founder of INCISIV, a neuro-technology company based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. She publishes extensively on motor timing, perception/action and decision making in sport. Much of her work involves working closely with elite sporting organisations to develop innovative solutions, using technologies such as immersive, interactive virtual reality, to better understand how perception influences decisions about action. More About Author

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