Behavioral Sport Psychology Evidence-Based Approaches to Performance Enhancement

Behavioral Sport Psychology Evidence-Based Approaches to Performance Enhancement
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Behavioral Sport Psychology Evidence-Based Approaches to Performance Enhancement

by James K. Luiselli (Editor), Derek D. Reed (Editor)

Springer 2011

Sport psychology is a topic of growing interest. Many professionals read journals such as The International Journal of Sports, Journal of Sport Behavior, Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, and The Sport Psychologist. In August 2008, Monitor on Psychology, the monthly publication of the American Psychological Association (APA), featured a special issue on sport psychology. Indeed, Division 47 of APA is devoted to "the scientific, educational, and clinical foundations of exercise and sport psychology." The North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (NASPSPA) and the Association for the Advancement of Applied Sport Psychology (AAASP) convene conferences each year to present scientific findings and new developments in a rapidly expanding field. The AAASP and other organizations also qualify professionals as certified sport and exercise psychology consultants. Finally, a visit to any bookstore will reveal the lay public¡¯s fascination with sports, as revealed in numerous self-help books and guides to perfecting athletic performance. Behavioral psychologists have studied sport psychology for more than three decades (Martin, Thompson, & Regehr, 2004). Applied behavior analysis (ABA), in particular, has been an instrumental approach to behavioral coaching in many sports, including baseball (Osborne, Rudrud, & Zezoney, 1990), basketball (Pates, Cummings, & Maynard, 2002), figure skating (Ming & Martin, 1996), football (Ward & Carnes, 2002), golf (Pates, Oliver, & Maynard, 2001), ice hockey (Rogerson & Hrycaiko, 2002), soccer (Brobst & Ward, 2002), swimming (Hume & Crossman, 1992), and tennis (Allison & Ayllon, 1980). ABA stresses the application of learning theory principles, objective measurement of athletic skills, controlled outcome evaluation, and socially significant behavior-change. Cognitive behavior therapy, or CBT, also has been a dominant approach to psychological intervention in sports (Meyers, Whelan, & Murphy, 1996; Weinberg & Comar, 1994). CBT addresses athletic performance through cognitive-change methods combined with behavioral practice and environmental modifications. The purpose of the book described in this proposal is to compile the most recent experimental and applied research in behavioral sport psychology. Several journal articles have reviewed critical dimensions of behavioral sport psychology (Martin et al., 2004; Martin, Vause, & Schwartzman, 2005) but no book has covered the topic with an emphasis on ABA and CBT methodology and practice. Accordingly, Behavioral Sport Psychology:

Evidence-Based Approaches to Performance Enhancement is a first of its kind volume.


From the reviews: ¡°Luiselli and Reed provide a thorough review of the more significant areas of behavioral sport psychology. The chapters are written by recognized experts in the field and provide readers with the most current thinking and research. ¡­ the book was written for an academic audience, practicing psychologists, and readers with an interest in athletics. ¡­ would be appropriate for less experienced readers, including those with a general interest in athletics. Overall, this book provides something of interest to most readers. Summing Up: Recommended. All levels.¡± (L. J. Burton, Choice, Vol. 49 (6), February, 2012)

From the Back Cover

Behavioral Sport Psychology Evidence-Based Approaches to Performance Enhancement James K. Luiselli and Derek D. Reed, editors From its fringe beginnings in the 1960s, sport psychology has evolved into a mainstream specialty, encompassing motivation, confidence building, error reduction, and self-help tools, among others. Whether the athletes involved play for pro teams, are still in school, or are weekend warriors, performance enhancement¡ªan area highly subject to rumor, conjecture, and guesswork¡ªis at the core of these applications. Behavioral Sport Psychology replaces hunches and the grapevine with solid science useful to both veteran and novice professionals in the field. Starting with an overview of key aspects of the discipline, this volume distills the essentials of performance enhancement research and practice, pinpointing behavioral strategies that produce better outcomes and explaining their efficiency. Chapters examine issues associated with measurement techniques (including cognitive assessment, sabermetrics, and actigraphy), and bedrock topics such as aggression management, behavioral momentum, and coach training are treated in depth. Authoritative discussion of ongoing controversies and emerging areas of interest makes the book particularly accessible and up to date. Featured in the coverage: The quantitative analysis of sports.Cognitive-behavioral performance enhancement strategies.Single-case evaluation of behavioral coaching interventions.Goal-setting and performance feedback.Behavioral effects of sport nutritional supplements: fact or fiction?Sport neuropsychology and concussions. A lucid source of effective interventions, and of the evidence behind them, Behavioral Sport Psychology merits a wide audience among academic and non-academic professionals, practitioners, and consultants at every level of sports psychology.