Psychology in Sports Coaching: Theory and Practice

2nd Edition

Adam R. Nicholls

Routledge
Published May 25, 2017
Reference - 282 Pages - 17 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138701878 - CAT# Y323635

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Summary

Some of the most effective coaches understand the fundamentals of sport psychology, which include interacting effectively with athletes, creating the optimal environment, assessing the psychological needs of their athletes, and even providing them with the mental training required to maximise performance.

Fully revised and updated, the second edition of Psychology in Sports Coaching: Theory and Practice clearly and accessibly introduces the principles and practice of sport psychology in the context of the coaching process. Drawing on the very latest research and theory, the book introduces the psychological tools and techniques that coaches can use to get the best performances out of their athletes.

Including six new chapters on applying self-determination principles in coaching, creating the optimal motivational climate, increasing motivation, developing anti-doping attitudes, promoting challenge states, and mindfulness-based stress reduction training, the book also offers step-by-step guidance on key topics such as:

  • Assessing the needs of athletes
  • Facilitating awareness through goal-setting and performance profiling
  • Working with special populations, including children and injured athletes
  • Building team cohesion
  • Maximising relationships and socially supporting athletes
  • Teaching mental skills such as imagery and coping
  • Building mental toughness and confidence.

Every chapter contains useful features to aid learning and understanding, including in-depth case studies, critical thinking questions, clear and concise summaries, and practice exam questions. Psychology in Sports Coaching: Theory and Practice is essential reading for any student of sports coaching or any practising coach looking to extend and develop their skills, and useful applied reading for students of sport psychology.

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