Inside Sport Psychology examines different sport psychology elements that can be transferred into every day coaching. Costas Karageorghis and Peter Terry discuss sports applications that prove helpful to coaches, athletes, team managers as well as students of sports psychology. The applications that are presented are applicable on the sports field in addition to other areas of our lives. Because athletes recognise the effect of psychology, many feel as if they have no or little control over their mind as a performance factor.
Aims of Inside Sport Psychology
The authors aimed to provide readers with a structured as well as easy-to-use guide to help coaches and athletes ...view middle of the document...
Problem areas when implementing the interventions are discussed in detail – taking into account that not all techniques may be effective with all athletes. The chapters also discuss how well the different techniques are likely to work and which circumstances may be most relevant. Finally, each chapter ends with a synthesis recapping the most important practical sports applications.
Breakdown of Content
Chapter 1 introduces the content and outlines the main areas of sport performance, allowing the other chapters to discuss each concept more in depth. Motivation is discussed in Chapter 2. There is a range of approaches on overcoming motivational slumps and effective goal-setting techniques. ‘Motivation is defined as the process that initiates, guides and maintains goal-oriented behaviours’ (Cherry) and involves biological and other forces which causes people to act. Chapter 3 focuses on self-confidence which can be defined as ‘the sureness of feeling that you are equal to the task at hand.’ (Mac, 2013) The next chapter focuses on competition anxiety as well as anxiety control techniques while chapter 5 is the chapter that Terry wrote which covers emotion and mood. Chapter 6 explains different types of concentration in a clear, concise manner. Visualisation and self-hypnosis techniques which enhance the consistency of athletic performance are discussed in chapter 7. Karageorghis ends on a musical note as he discusses his work of the application of music in the sports area in chapter 8.
Inside Sports Psychology is co-authored by Costas Karageorghis and Peter Terry who are both award-winning researchers and sports consultants which allow them to have a unique insight into the application of the theories that they broach. Costas Karageorghis is deputy head of the School of Sport and Education at Brunel University in London. Peter Terry is...